|MLA Citation:||Bloomfield, Louis A. "Question 1447"|
How Everything Works 18 Aug 2018. 18 Aug 2018 <http://howeverythingworks.org/print1.php?QNum=1447>.
When you put your eye in water, the eye's curved outer surface stops acting as a lens. That's because light travels at roughly the same speed in water as it does in your eye and that light no longer bends as it enters your eye. Everything looks blurry because the light doesn't focus on your retina anymore. But by inserting an air space between your eye and a flat plate of glass or plastic, you recover the bending at your eye's surface and everything appears sharp again.