“Eye” Love Movies!
Do you ever feel that there are eyes all around you? Are they watching you or are you watching them? If an eye blinks in the forest and no one is around, is that called an invisible blink? Does someone have to see your eyes so your eyes can see?
If you happen to be a Hollywood producer, these questions make perfect sense. And they may even be the idea behind yet another movie named after the eye. Did you know that many film titles have the word “eye” in them? Let’s take a look.
Kinds of Eyes
Movies have been made about all kinds of eyes.
Starry Eyes is a horror film about a young woman suffering from trichotillomania, or hair pulling. She desperately wants to become a famous actress so she makes a deal with the devil. You probably don’t even need to have your eyes open to know how this turns out. In fact, you may want to shut your eyes if you don’t like gore.
Snake Eyes is a thriller that didn’t have much luck at the box office even with Nicolas Cage in the starring role. The plot has some of the usual characteristics of this genre, like a murder conspiracy, a shady police detective, and a casino, but the action didn’t widen the eyes of moviegoers in shock.
Angel Eyes literally soared above these movies with a better plot, memorable music score, and outstanding acting. It’s about a mysterious man who develops a relationship with a female police officer. Each of them has trauma from their past that they deal with together. Moviegoers definitely had a tear or two coming from their own eyes.
Location of Eyes
If you thought movies only dealt with eyes that are set in the head, then you are wrong. According to Hollywood, eyes can be in the sky or in the hills.
Eye in the Sky is a thriller about drone warfare. Realistic enough to be scary, this film had people widening their eyes in fear.
The Hills Have Eyes is at the other end of reality. This is a horror movie about murderous mutants. It’s always a good idea to keep an eye open in case you see a pack of them coming at you.
Movie titles have featured eyes by a stranger and a mother. And these films are eye-opening, as in shocking. You may want to hold off on eating popcorn.
The Eyes of My Mother is not for the faint of heart. It’s considered arthouse horror and is not a my-mother’s-eyes-love-me kind of movie.
Eyes of a Stranger is a slasher film that may make moviegoers hesitate about leaving their seats to go to the bathroom.
So What’s the Deal with Movies and Eyes?
If this was a mathematical equation, the answer would be movies plus eyes equals an audience. But there is more to it than that. Merely watching a movie doesn’t make it great; moviegoers have to use more than the physical aspects of their eyes.
Our eyes take in light through the pupils, which passes through the lens, and focuses on the retina. This travels as an electrical impulse to the brain through the optic nerve which forms the image in our brain.
All of that happens on a physical level when you watch a movie, but your eyes need to express something. Like fear or surprise or sadness with a tear trickling down your cheek.
So, if a movie has “eyes” in the title, it may give you an eye-opening, eye-shuddering, or eye-can’t-believe-it experience. Or you might just shut your eyes and wait for the lights to come back on in the theater.
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Something might be missing if you decided to take the prescription from your last vision exam and shop online for glasses. The website you chose to order glasses from will ask for your pupillary distance (PD). This measurement is critical for ensuring the lenses in your new glasses line up correctly with your eyes in order to improve your vision.
If you’re new to buying glasses online, you probably didn’t know to get your pupillary distance measurement from your eye doctor while you were there. Since this is a pretty common scenario, people have invented some. . . creative ways to come up with this measurement for themselves.
One Ruler to Rule Them All
Step one: get out your millimeter ruler. What do you mean you haven’t touched one of those since middle school and that math problem about the triangles? Fine. Step zero: go buy a millimeter ruler. You could print one out online as well, just make sure your printer is set to “actual size.”
Anyway, now that you have your millimeter ruler (or piece of paper) in hand, you also need a friend. Hopefully you’ve gotten one of these more recently than that ruler you used in math class. Have them stand about an arm’s length away from you.
Then, they need to measure the distance between your pupils. For best results, they should be wearing their own glasses so they can eyeball (no pun intended) where exactly the ruler starts, right at the center of one pupil, and read the measurement directly at the center of the other pupil. Ideally, they are holding the ruler (or paper) perfectly still over the bridge of your nose as this is being read. Holding your breath might help with this. As they do this, focus your eyes on some spot about 10 feet off in the distance. Staring directly at your friend might creep them out and will mess up your measurement.
Repeat this about three times and average them out to account for either (or both) of you moving. If you’re concerned about the accuracy but don’t want to give up on your online glasses shopping experience yet, there is another way you can try.
Mirror Mirror on the Wall
If you’re more of a lone wolf type, you can actually measure your own pupillary distance, no friend required. You just need to replace “friend” with “mirror.” While balancing the ruler on the bridge of your nose, stand about arm’s length away from the mirror and read the measurement.
What if you can’t see yourself at arm’s length in order to read the ruler (let alone those tiny numbers)? After all, you are doing this in order to purchase a pair of glasses.
Luckily, poor eyesight isn’t an excuse to not know your pupillary distance. You just need a highlighter as well. This time, look at yourself in the mirror and use the highlighter to dot where your pupils are on the lenses of your glasses. Then, you can take the glasses off and read the measurement by putting the ruler as close to your eyes as you need.
So, how to clean highlighter off your lenses? You did use an old pair of glasses, right? Oh well, you’re shopping for new ones anyway.
Or Just Use Technology?
However, the desire for people to measure their own pupillary distance has also resulted in some successful and simple methods as well. There are various ways which use technology to create an objective measurement. Unsurprisingly, measuring your own pupillary distance with the assistance of technology turns out to be both more accurate and way easier than relying on a combination of a friend, mirror, and millimeter ruler.
At the rate technology is advancing in this area, there might be even easier methods of measuring your pupillary distance right on the horizon.
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