Has anyone in this discussion besides me ever been in the position of going blind and being damn grateful to be able to access this surgery?
Anyone recall the frustration I was expressing 4 years ago about having difficulty reading anything at all, particularly on light-colored backgrounds, and the world being a blur of colors and shapes? I couldn't read printed material at all
, and navigated around this building I've lived in since 2013 by the color of the walls and floor. It's a good thing I already knew the manager's name, since I couldn't read his name tag when I was standing right in front of him. He had to read me my mail, as I couldn't manage it myself.
Because I'm on a disability benefit, I didn't need to worry about paying for the operations. I did need to worry about how to get to the hospital where it would be done, since it was in a town south of here, and there's no bus service between cities and towns anymore.
Time was also a consideration. I was diagnosed with cataracts on a Wednesday. Just over 24 hours later I was diagnosed with diabetes and in the hospital, where it was a frustrating 2 weeks to try to get through to people dealing with both my issues that the other one mattered just as much and one couldn't be ignored in favor of the other.
The diabetes actually did me a favor, by being the reason why I got moved up the waiting list for the eye surgery. I'd been told 6 months at the earliest, and I told them that I'd be blind by then, and unable to take care of my diabetic needs (you need to be able to read to do the glucose testing, insulin injections, and label-reading). I got the first surgery a month later, and the second one a couple of months after that.
My vision isn't perfect by any means. I still have trouble with light-colored backgrounds, which is why I'm so appreciative of the time @The_J
took to make the black theme for the forum. I'd have had to cut back or even stop posting otherwise, because it would have been a literal headache. Some printed material is still hard to read without reading glasses, and some is microscopic and impossible
And that's all with me having access to eye care. Anyone who doesn't because the government deems being able to see to be a luxury, rather than a basic necessity... who cares who helps them or why, when it makes all the difference in the world?
At least this YT guy isn't a televangelist, putting on performances with fake cures for people who were never in need of them in the first place.