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Ow! Bright! Ow! Bright! Ow...bright... [Jul. 24th, 2002|06:16 pm]
Kurt Onstad
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This is my daily mantra leaving for lunch as soon as I get outside. I have excellent night vision (many people have commented on it), but this means that my eyes are very light sensitive. I don't wear sunglasses all the time for two reasons:
1) Most sunglasses look bad on me.
2) I constantly lose sunglasses when I do get them.
(The second reason is much more important than the first.)

What's really weird is that the kind of pain I feel from the light sensitivity has changed over the years. When I first noticed being light sensitive, it was the actual light itself that hurt. That's hard to explain, but somehow the actual light itself was painful to me.

These days, though, the light is still painful at times, but the real pain comes from just below the surface of my eyes. I can feel the muscles in my irises slamming shut as fast as they can. That's an even more disturbing sensation. I don't know about you, but I'm not used to feeling any sensation in my eyes.

But, I wonder. Now that I'm more aware of those muscles, are they something that I could control consciously? There are autonomic functions that we learn to control. Why not pupil dilation? Other than improving my night vision even more, I don't really see a use for it, but it'd be interesting to experiment with...

Kurt
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[User Picture]From: technomonkey
2002-07-25 05:00 pm (UTC)

One advantage.

If you could control your pupils to that degree, you could prepare yourself for lunchtime while still inside and never again have to say "Ow! Bright! Ow! Bright! Ow...bright..."
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2002-07-25 05:03 pm (UTC)

Re: One advantage.

And that would be worth it. Now, the question is, how do you teach yourself to control a muscle that is not usually controlled?

Kurt
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