I developed early (rapid) onset of cataracts in December and within 2 weeks, it was like looking through cotton balls. Then, one of my lenses dislocated which was hella fun.
The good part is that I had surgery to correct these things and now have seriously awesome, kickass vision. First time w/o contacts or glasses in 30 years. One eye is for distance (20/20) and the other eye is for mid-range and up close. So, I can see now. Things are bright, clear, sharp, vivid. And, my insurance will cover all optometry visits now. No more contacts. Reading glasses (maybe in another 5-10 years), but other than that, I'm a happy girl.
I totally empathize with folks who have truly crappy vision. Mine was pretty bad (4.25 correction in my left eye, 3.75 in the right) with serious astigmatism. It's amazing what lasik and lens replacement can do nowadays.
The surgeries themselves were trippy. They give you happy drugs to keep your nerves away and you don't really SEE them do anything. No hands coming at you, no tools, no faces. "Look at the two squares," they said, and I did, and it was like watching some kind of massively cool Pink Floyd laser show.
No pain. 15 minutes and you're done.
They more more options than just lasik, though (and even then, the astigmatism correction they can do is pretty amazing).
Edited by ~ZombieWife~, 02 February 2013 - 01:47 AM.