Adjusting Our Vision

May 8, 2017

Stress Management

For twenty years I performed surgery on people, mostly on their eyes and surrounding tissues. Sometimes I also improved their vision with corrective lenses. I was surprised to discover that in some cases, people had become so accustomed to bad vision—mostly from childhood distortions in the shape of the cornea, or the front of the eye—that they could not tolerate correction of it.

I gave some of these people new lenses and transformed them from legally blind to a “normal” vision of 20/20, and yet they preferred the condition of visual disability. The correction was disorienting to them, sometimes even physically uncomfortable.

I have seen a similar phenomenon among people who are emotionally disabled. They are so accustomed to a terribly distorted vision of themselves—usually taught by parents and others—along with the accompanying pain and fear, that they cannot adjust to a correct perception of themselves and the world, a perception that could eliminate their confusion and fill them with joy.

Whatever we grow up believing to be normal—visually or emotionally—can be very difficult to change. But many of us can make the adjustment emotionally, if we receive sufficient love and guidance.


Eliminate the confusing perceptions of your life.


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