What happened the last time you had your vision checked?
Were you staring at a chart with a large “E” followed by lines of letters of decreasing size?
The standard eye test, developed in the late 1800s, uses the Snellen chart, named for its inventor, the Dutch ophthalmologist Herman Snellen. It was designed to find out if a child was able to see what the teacher wrote on a blackboard. Sight occurs in the eyes alone and is what the Snellen chart measures.
What’s the difference between sight and vision? Vision is the interplay between the eyes and the brain.
We humans are born with sight, but vision is learned.
The pictures we see exist not in our eyes but in our brains, where we give meaning to the messages accessed through our eyes.
About 80 percent of the information that reaches us comes through our eyes. Each eye sends the brain a billion messages every waking second. The eyes send twice as many messages as all the other senses combined.
What we see shapes what we imagine and contributes to what we believe is possible.
Perhaps it is time to test your vision. Start by answering these questions:
- What do you imagine yourself doing?
- When you look back on today, from 2018, what do you see yourself having accomplished?
- What’s your next step to make your vision your reality?
- Who can help you keep your vision alive?
“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
~ Carl Jung
Check your sight. Create your vision!