The architecture of the eye II

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So whose eyes are these?

Hint: She liked cat-eye glasses.

Question: Is the beautiful pair of eyes behind these spectacles protected by lenses? Or could she have fun with her friends by wiggling her fingers through the frames? If so, her ophthalmologist would not be happy.

Today, a mere couple of days after undergoing cataract surgery, I took my old glasses to the optician and had him remove its two old Coke-bottle lenses. That act will give my dear readers ample hint that my operation, performed by the admirable Dr. Jason Karo, was successful. Two days have passed and, stepping outside of my house, I feel like I might cut myself on reality.

Several times today I have wiggled my fingers through my old glasses, now lensless. I could go without glasses but I’ve worn them since age 4 and I’d feel naked without them. Yes, I realize that I am tempting fate by allowing God to read these words. I have been warned that my vision might fluctuate for a week or two, even more. It might end up worse. But am an optometrical optimist, and so I am happy to tempt the Goddess of Spectacles.

After reading my post “The architecture of the eye” on Tuesday, July 3, many friends and readers wrote to wish me the best in the operation. Many thanks to you all! I have tried to show my appreciation by replacing the image of Le Corbusier’s eyes that I put on top of that post with a nicer pair – owned by Marilyn Monroe – on top of this post. Wow! Strengthen my prescription!

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Marilyn Monroe off-camera wearing glasses she wore in a film. (SelectSpecs)

I do not believe there are any lenses in Marilyn’s glasses. That would elicit too many cries of “Cut! Cut! Cut!” from the director, catching a splice of glare and perhaps even a stray reflection in the specs. And in fact, the shot above is not from a film, though the actress wore them in one. Which film? Readers may feel free to correct me if the shot is from a scene in the film. I believe I am correct. I am so corrected, from an ophthalmalogical point of view, that I don’t care if I am wrong. I see too well to be wrong. Well, maybe that’s going a bit too far. If I am wrong, I will cut out the picture of Corbu’s eyes from my earlier post and tape it up on the mirror of my bathroom. That would serve me right, right?  Well, good night! And God bless cataract surgery!

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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11 Responses to The architecture of the eye II

  1. Steven Semes says:

    Very glad to hear of your successful procedure. Enjoy your new-found visual acuity!


  2. Ron Thomas says:

    David – Good news – had the operation(s) on both eyes in 1992 and changed my life since. What tripped my out in 60s meaning was again seeing the vibrancy of colors.


    From: Architecture Here and There Reply-To: Architecture Here and There Date: Friday, July 13, 2018 at 9:44 PM To: Subject: [New post] The architecture of the eye II

    David Brussat posted: ” So whose eyes are these? Hint: She liked cat-eye glasses. Question: Are is the beautiful pair of eyes behind these spectacles protected by lenses? Or could she have fun with her friends by wiggling her fingers through the frames? If so, her ophthalmol”


    • Yes, Ron, it’s not just the acuity but the bluer blue of the sky, the clearer contrast between things, being able to distinguish details in people’s faces from farther away, a whole new world of wonder. I can even drive better at night.


  3. Isn’t it amazing? Congratulations to you! Let there be light!


  4. A Subscriber says:

    Cheers, Dave! Hooray for you!

    And it’s ‘How To Marry A Millionaire’ (I think). Do I win a prize?

    Now that you’ve gotten your eyes done, modernistic crap is gonna look even worse than you ever imagined.


    • petervanerp says:

      David, you’d better not look at The Edge College Hill, or the South Street Station Grad Student Housing. You’ be tempted to put your eyes out….


      • Yes, Peter. thanks for the warning. I intend to don my reading glasses when I am near those buildings, and others. That may land me in the hospital again if an accident occurs, but stern measures must be taken to avoid heart attacks and brain seizures.


    • Sub, is that photo actually from the movie or is it a publicity still? The winner of the prize has to demonstrate that.

      As to seeing crap better, there is a price to be paid for everything, and as I pointed out to Peter below, I hope to try as hard as I can to avoid paying it!


      • A Subscriber says:

        Oh … so it’s another rigged contest, eh Brussat? Next time, you’ll have to make the small print a little larger. I saw nothing about having to ‘prove’ anything – and my eyes don’t need fixing.

        But I’ll forgive you this time because your eyes were probably still a little wonky from the operation, when you posted it – but make sure it doesn’t happen again, big guy.

        That’s a real nice masthead you got here up there at the top of your blog. Be a shame if something happened to it.

        I mean – just sayin’


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