Eli5: When short-sighted people stand next to a mirror that is in an open space, do they see it clearer than just looking at that space, because the light is closer to the eyes?

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Eli5: When short-sighted people stand next to a mirror that is in an open space, do they see it clearer than just looking at that space, because the light is closer to the eyes?

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No. The easiest way to understand it is perhaps to recognize that mirrors only change the direction of light, not how far it is travelling.

No. When I was little I used to see how bad my eyesight was and it was so bad I’d almost have to get right up to the mirror, within about 4″. You know how when you look in a mirror, it’s almost like you’re looking through a doorway into another room, just blocked by another you? Your eyes still perceive distance the same way in a mirror unfortunately

Nah, you still see a certain distance and since the things behind you are still ‘further’ away you can’t see what’s there however here is a little lesson in trickery: If you are like me and sometimes too lazy to put on your glasses but want to read sth that is beyond your sight limits just grab a phone, switch on the camera, zoom to the thing you want to see or read and read it from the display. Works perfectly up until the image gets grainy because of the digital zoom.