Honey, Do these Glasses Make my Butt Look Big?

Woman eating marshmallowsGlasses focus, but they can also cause distortion.  That is part of the reason why some prefer contact lenses or LASIK which can decrease this distortion.  Read on to find out how glasses could change even the way you see yourself in the mirror.

Glasses bend light to bring objects into focus.  There are two basic types of glasses lenses, magnifying lenses and minifying lenses.  Magnifying lenses make objects look larger and bring focus to those individuals that are farsighted or need help reading small print.  Minifying lenses make objects look smaller and bring focus to distance objects for those that are nearsighted.

Pincushion Distortion

Pincushion Distortion

Magnifying and minifying lenses do a good job of focusing, but they can cause some distortion.  This is hardly noticeable in lower powered lenses but can become quite noticeable the higher powered lenses.

Magnifying lenses in high powers cause “pincushion distortion” meaning that image magnification is less in the center of the lens and greater in the periphery of the lens.  This can also occur with telephoto camera lenses and photographers often have to use the photo shop program to remove this distortion.

Barrel Distortion

Barrel Distortion

Minifying lenses cause “barrel distortion” meaning that the images are more magnified in the center of the lens and less in the periphery.

If you were wearing strong enough magnifying or minifying lenses and looking just the right way through the lens, you could cause barrel distortion or pincushion distortion and either slenderize or supersize the image of your backside in the mirror.

Glasses sit out away from your face.  This makes the distortions much more noticeable.  Everything is ok - funny girl with thumb upThe treatment from LASIK and Contact lenses occurs right on the cornea, minimizing these distortions from high powered lenses.  Having said that, you may actually prefer the distorted way you look in the mirror through those rose colored glasses. Either way, in the end, it is booty in the eye of the beholder.

Call Now Button