Let me apologize for the hyberolic title if in fact you are genuinely visually impaired.
The fact is, I see fairly well still. However, its getting worse, and I can’t stand it. I feel like like I’m dying because highway signs don’t become readable till I’m far closer than I needed to be two years ago. I’m only twenty-three years old! Yes, I’m sure you old fogeys have better gripes. Yes, I’m sure this is not a problem that can’t be fixed and I have no right to bitch, but dammit the real truth is I am deteriorating and I just realized it and it is goddamn terrifying.
When I was kid I had constant headaches - I’m sure they were actually stress headaches as they invariably ocurred on Mondays (though other days were susceptible as well). In any case I was taken to an optometrist who diagnosed far-sightedness (he was definitely right, but it was not severe and the glasses were not necessary). Eventually, I gave up on the glasses because they did not help the headaches and I did not truly need them in order to read or whatever.
Later, I was 20/20. Golden. I didn’t find this out till I earned a serious eye injury (hint, fence with masks and stainless steel not random branches) that recovered to a state of pure, perfect vision (well average human vision anyway).
Now, it is going away. The OTHER way. Near-sighted. I have to squint to focus on far-away letters - and sometimes it doesn’t work. I have to work to make them out. I have to get closer to make them out. I can’t make them out. Fuck. The same thing has happened to my sister, but that does not make it right.
Vision is the most important sense, and it is slipping away from me.