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Why do objects in mirrors still appear blurry for people with poor eyesight?

Asked by paulc (2919points) March 10th, 2008

I’m near-sighted and when I look at something that is far away through a mirror it is still out of focus. I figured that the light reflecting off the mirror would be a perfect representation of the distant object and thus appear perfectly clear but I’m obviously wrong. How does this work and why?

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djbuu's avatar

Because looking in a mirror is no different then looking at it directly. You actually focus on the reflective surface perfectly, but the light being reflected is the same/similar to the light you would have seen looking directly.

iSteve's avatar

Yeah, what djbuu said!

sebulba23's avatar

I’ve always wondered this too! I was given that answer, but it still baffles me. I just can’t comprehend it.

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