What is Stenopeic Vision?

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Stenopeic vision is sight through pinholes. It is a concept that involves the use of special glasses for correcting vision problems. As such, it is usually not referred to as a type of vision at all, but as a way for dealing with sight impairment. Stenopeic glasses have tiny pinholes in them instead of the traditional lenses used in most corrective glasses. In fact, these glasses aren't glass at all; each lens is made of opaque plastic.

Stenopeic vision glasses are used in an entirely different manner to correct vision. They work much like a pinhole camera, permitting only a very narrow light beam to enter the wearer's eye. This is said to improve vision depth and reduce the circle of confusion in the retina. These changes in vision are said to improve vision overall.

When a person's vision is uncorrected, entering light beams are not focused on the same location in the retina. Some rays of light need more focusing than others in order to provide clear sight. This can lead to eyestrain and damaged vision. Under the stenopeic vision concept, there are only some light beams that are permitted to focus on the retina; this corrects blurred vision and makes it easier for clear images to be obtained. Since there are many pinholes in stenopeic glasses, the wearer can see many clear images, and the eyes don't have to strain to focus.


Stenopeic vision glasses may be used for people who are near-sighted and far-sighted. However, they should not be used for correcting vision for a person with more than six diopters of nearsightedness. There are also some drawbacks to wearing these glasses. They are said to reduce brightness and impair peripheral vision. As such, they are not recommended for use while driving or operating heavy or dangerous equipment.

Some companies claim that stenopeic vision glasses can do more than simply correct vision while they are worn. They claim that they can actually improve uncorrected eyesight permanently. However, this improvement requires the performance of eye exercises on a regular basis. Some companies also assert that these glasses can even serve to reduce the eyestrain typically experienced by those who stare at their computer monitors for long periods at a time.

Stenopeic vision glasses can be used for correcting vision, even small impairments, at any age, but they are often used by people who need reading glasses but would prefer a more natural solution. Parents may also buy them for small children who cannot see classroom chalkboards well. They may prove helpful for viewing entertainment at a distance, such as movies, plays, and concerts. They can also be worn to see tiny print on food labels better.


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Wearing some kind of glasses or contacts has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I would love to have great vision without glasses, but can't even imagine what that would be like.

One of the first things I do in the morning, is put on my glasses. The last thing I do at night, is take off my glasses. Then if I want to read before bed, I still need glasses to read. It just becomes a part of life that is so routine, that you don't even think about it after a while.

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I have never heard of this type of vision glasses before. With so many people in front of the computer for so many hours a day, I wonder if this is something that we will see more of. I think it would be great if there was something for permanent vision correction other than laser surgery.

It would be interesting to see if there would be a change in your eyes from doing regular eye exercises. I have heard of different natural solutions to help with this problem, but have never talked with anyone where any of them really worked.

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