In the valley of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
The Age of Comprehension
We are no longer in the Age of Information,
or in the Age of Information Overload.
We are now in the Age of Comprehension
where being able to properly filter, understand, and validate Information
is more important than the Information itself.
While the skills necessary for survival may have evolved from strength to knowledge, information is now so plentiful that the key to survival is no longer the acquisition of information but rather is the ability to properly filter or weed-out extraneous information. Knowing what to ignore is becoming as important as what you know, and being able to clearly see relevant information is becoming the key to survival.
While comprehension is an art, reading text or pictographs is a use of vision that was NOT originally part of our evolutionary makeup. Instead we have taken our binary perspective of "us versus them" or "food versus predator" and refined that into a multiplicity of terms and labels to give "airy nothingness a local habitation and a name" which we call words.
As you read these words on your electronic display (or printed on paper) you likely fail to realize that the biology that lets you see words has NOT changed in over 5000 years from that of our "caveman ancestors". The perceptual skill that lets you see rocks, trees, clouds, the sky, plants, and animals has evolved to let you interpret the coded symbols we subconsciously compile into words and concepts.
Dyslexia is commonly described as a comprehension disorder where a person miscues the identity or sequence of letters and or numbers resulting in a reduced ability to read and comprehend words. Dyslexia is normally viewed as a biological condition resulting from neural pathways improperly transmitting information.
Induced Dyslexia is a comprehension disorder caused by misaligned and/or misprescribed glasses, especially progressive glasses. Progressive glasses, unlike single-vision lenses, have a continuous range of magnification in the lower half of the lens that allows the wearer to see close objects from the graduated reduction in viewing magnification. To see "clearly" the wearer moves their head to face the object, and then raises or lowers the horizontal angle of their head to match the magnification necessary to being the object into focus.
While progressive glasses create specific areas of clear vision, at the same time they inherently reduce peripheral vision. Comprehension, however, is also dependent upon peripheral vision which progressive glasses inadvertently minimize with the result being Induced Dyslexia. Progressive lenses mask the lost of both peripheral cognition as well as the stimulus overload from Static Visual Acuity tests.
What facilitates optimum visual clarity is a Dynamic Visual Acuity test. Static vision tests deplete the response of the photoreceptors and inherently overminus a refraction as well as provide a less precise and less consistent refraction.
The photoreceptor depletion response is illustrated by the The Lilac Chaser Illusion. When you fixate on the Plus (+) in the center of the ring of Pink circles below, you likely see the Pink circles seeming to rotate around that Plus. But it is also likely that you will see a single moving Green circle which appears to spin around the plus. The illusion of the Green circle appearing is because of the depletion of the Red photoreceptor refresh resulting in the inability to “see” the color Red and creating the illusion (delusion) that the depleted photoreceptor area is seeing a Green circle.
This page is dedicated to helping people overcome that problem of Induced Dyslexia.
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