History-Changing Eye Problems

November 5, 2013

Claude Monet's famous painting of white water lillies and green lilly pads floating on a background of a blue pond

Claude Monet’s “Water Lillies”

Claude Monet is one of history’s most celebrated and famous painters. Some of his most famous paintings from later in life had very unique color schemes and blur patterns due to the way his cataracts affected his vision. Abe Lincoln may have been an honest man, but he could not look you straight in the eye. He had an eye condition called strabismus, where one eye turned out. Another U.S president, Teddy Roosevelt, was partially blind in his left eye, likely due to a retinal detachment suffered during a boxing match in his earlier days.