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发表于 2018-5-12 10:13:07 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
  The eyes are unwell. Their childhood suppleness is lost. The lenses, as we
log hours on this earth, thicken, stiffen, even calcify. The eyes are no longer
windows on souls. They’re closer to teeth.
          To see if your own eyes are hardening, look no further than your phone,
which should require no exertion; you’re probably already there. Keep peering at
your screen, reading and staring, snubbing life’s third dimension and natural
hues. The first sign of the eyes’ becoming teeth is the squinting at phones.
Next comes the reflexive extending of the arm, the impulse to resize letters
into the preschool range. And at last the buying of drugstore readers.
          Modern medicine offers little apart from magnifying glasses to treat
presbyopia (from the Greek presbus, meaning “old man”). But those $3.99 specs
will get you on your feet just fine, which is to say, you can once again relish
your phone without squinting or arm-stretching. A remedy for farsightedness
evidently succeeds to the degree that it restores a woman or man to the
comfortable consumption of texts, email, ecommerce, and social media on a glazed
rectangle of aluminum alloys held at a standard reading distance of 16 inches.
With reading glasses we live again.
          有了眼镜这一现代医学的产物,你就可以重新沉浸到手机的世界中,既不用眯缝起眼睛,也不用伸长胳膊。近视眼和远视眼的治疗方案显然很成功,以标准的 16
英寸(约 40 厘米)为阅读距离,被这一问题困扰的人士可以舒适地阅读铝合金发光屏幕上的短信、邮件,处理电子商务,或者使用社交媒体。眼镜让我们获得了重生。
          Doesn’t this seem like an unwholesome loop? The eyes may be unwell, but the
primary object of our eyesight seems corrosive. We measure our vision against
the phone, all the while suspecting the phone itself is compromising our ability
to see it.
          Even if we don’t say out loud that failing vision has something to do with
our vastly narrowed visual field, our bodies seem to know what’s up. How
convenient, for example, that you can turn up a phone’s contrast and brightness
with a few taps. If perception can’t be improved, objects can be made more
perceivable, right? But then the brightness seems, like morphine, to produce a
need for more brightness, and you find yourself topping out, hitting the button
in vain for more light only to realize that’s it. You’ve blinded yourself to the
light that was already there.
          What might modern vision be today without the phone as its reason for
being? If you were a nomadic goatherd in the Mongolian grasslands, you might not
even consider presbyopia a pathology.
          There are at least two recorded cases of something called smartphone
blindness. The New England Journal of Medicine notes that both patients had been
reading their phones in bed, on their sides, faces half-hidden, in the dark. “We
hypothesized that the symptoms were due to differential bleaching of
photo-?pigment, with the viewing eye becoming light-adapted.” Differential
bleaching of the eyes! Fortunately, smartphone blindness of this kind is
          目前,已经至少出现了两例记录在案的智能手机眼盲症。《新英格兰医学杂志》(The New England Journal of
          Lately, when I pull away from the screen to stare into the middle distance
for a spell, I take off my glasses. I try to find a tree. If I’m inside, I open
a window; if I’m outside, I will even approach a tree. I don’t want mediation or
glass. The trees are still strangers; I hardly know their names yet, but I’m
testing myself on leaf shapes and shades of green. All I know so far is that
trees are very unlike screens. They’re a prodigious interface. Very buggy. When
my eyes settle after a minute or two, I-what’s that expression, “the scales fell
from my eyes”? It’s almost, at times, like that.

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