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Critical Myopia Indeed by jjqblog
December 19, 2011, 1:13 PM
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In an article that just appeared in the British Medical Journal, two Spanish physicians, Francisco J. Ascaso and Jan L van Velze, make a compelling case that Joyce was actually far-sighted, and not myopic as Ellmann first claimed in his biography.  They base their argument first on a 1932 prescription that clearly calls for positive refractive lenses.  They also note that in photographs Joyce’s eyes appear to be magnified–a common effect of the correction for hyperopia evident even in early photos like the one accompanying this post.  The case is convincing enough that I wonder if it’s not time to get my own critical lenses checked!

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