If you have never worn glasses or needed lenses, it’s hard to imagine just how nearsighted people view the world. However, South African artist Philip Barlow has produced this series of realistic paintings that’ll give you a pretty good idea.

The art you see when you are nearsighted

For people who suffer from nearsightedness, also called myopia, it’s impossible to see things clearly from a distance. And that, for example, causes problems when driving, watching TV or seeing words on a whiteboard at school. To get an idea of what that’s like, have a look at these wonderful paintings below.