I hope everyone had a great Valetine's Day.
So the big question...did your love's eyes' pupils dilate when he or she looked at you?
Researchers have tested that exact question. Most studies have suggested that when we look at something or someone that we find appealing or attractive...be it food or our love..our pupils dilate (or get larger) ever so slightly.
The majority of opinion is that, not only do the people who we are attracted to notice that our pupils dilate when we look at them, but they also find us more attractive because, by our pupils, we found them attractive to begin with...bringing us to the age old Belladona effect which you can google to find out even more.
One of my favorite classes in undergrad was non-verbal communication. The body tells a lot. The eyes tell even more.
I’m very excited that Rod Brind’ Amour sent me something today to add to the “What They’re Saying” section on my website. He is the most dedicated and hardest working athlete that I’ve had the privilege of knowing. Not only that, he is such a good human being because he makes everyone around him become their best.
But, far greater than getting his words about working with me was the fact that he let you know about his eye condition, keratoconus, which is astigmatism “gone wild”.
Astigmatism occurs when the cornea, the front outside dome over the colored part of our eye, has a cone shape, like a football instead of rounded like a basketball.
Keratoconus occurs when that cone shape continues to push forward. (I liken it to the story of Pinocchio’s nose that continued to grow forward when he told a lie.) Keratoconus can stay quiet for a long time or not move at all. Most begin to change because that is their nature. Eventually, the cone can push so far forward that the cornea starts to scar and ultimately requires a corneal transplant surgery to avoid blindness.
When we diagnosed Rod’s keratoconus, we fit him with special contact lenses that were designed to keep his corneas from moving forward. In most people, we use hard or gas permeable contacts. We couldn’t use those with Rod because he is an athlete and they would fall out every time he got hit. So, we chose a lens for him that was hard in the center and soft on the outside. This gave him lenses designed to keep his corneas stable while also allowing for him to play hockey.
Like most keratoconic patients, Rod’s condition continued to change before stabilizing, making it stressful on him and his eye doctor. Now, he is like the large majority of keratoconic patients who can live life with good vision and have avoided transplant surgery.
When he hoisted the Stanley Cup over his head on June 19, 2006, I felt like a part of me was lifted too because of how fortunate I was to be a person in his life, like others, who had helped him reach that moment. I knew how much he had to go through. It was a true celebration!
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Super Bowl week and we know how the players are preparing! Only the strong survive!
They're pouring over game films so they will visually recognize what the opponent is trying to achieve in each play. Every split second a player can gain on the other is vital. Knowing where the opponent is headed gives the athlete the edge.
The athletes are using their mind's eye to rehearse their part of each play. They are practicing over and over in their mind's eye realistic outcomes...not fantasy or negative results...just realistic outcomes so that they are prepared for every variation which they may experience..... and how to use those outcomes to their advantage.
This mental preparation is a must because of all the visual noise that is bombarding them. It's the biggest stage in the biggest sport. They can get swept away with everything they see...or get sidetrack by what looks appealing to the eye or psyche. So, their goal has to be to stay mentally focused through this spectacle then they can reach their ultimate goal....holding the Lombardi trophy!!