Results are in....If medical advances meant your sight could be

The results are now in from the second ever Connect Quick Poll. As a reminder, the question was: If medical advances meant that your sight could be restored to 20:20 vision with no risks, catches or problems. Would you...?

The results were:
64.4% of you said you would leap at the opportunity
11.9% said you wouldn't change anything
23.7% said you'd need to think about it

A number of you left comments on this subject, which was very interesting and this is the analysis of those comments:

Driving and independence to get about
One of the strongest themes to come through was wanting the ability to drive. Some people who had never been able to were curious to know what it would be like and those that had driven before said they wanted it back in their lives. This also tended to relate to wanting to, “go wherever I want, whenever I want”. Some people want to take away the anxiety or planning that comes with having to plan how they get around independently.

Sight loss has shaped people and their lives
Whether people wanted their sight back or not, many people acknowledge that having sight loss had made them the people they are today, or given them experiences, careers, the encounters with new people/friends or the wider sight loss community that wouldn’t have been the case if they had been sighted. For some people who had never had, “perfect sight”, they said they didn’t yearn for it as they didn’t know better, even so, some people who had sight loss from birth still said they would take the option to have sight if it were possible.
Those that didn’t want their sight back did not want to change the person they were or the life they had and they felt sight would change this. Either way, people acknowledged the positive things that the experience of not having 20:20 has given them.

Unsure about what having 20:20 vision would be like
Whether people wanted their sight back or not, those that had not had 20:20 vision for a long time or at all weren’t sure what the experience of having "perfect vision" would be like. People also said that either getting 20:20 vision for the first time or regaining it would be an adjustment, just as losing sight is an adjustment. A few people said they would be nervous to have "full sight", especially, as mentioned already, because they were not sure how it would impact on the person they are today.

Missing their sight and independence
For a few people, they felt the loss of vision had changed their lives and they wanted their old life back or to be able to be "independent again" or to do things they had done before.

Life changes impacting on the decision
A few people said that at one time they wouldn’t have wanted their sight back but now they would. For example, because they now had a child and they sight to experience certain things with that child, like being able to see their drawings.

Comments (1)

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Reply to Natalie - Moderator by -InTheWorldOfTheBlind-

I think the results of this one are fascinating. I guess that it's the unspoken assumption of the sighted and some of the blind community that getting vision back (or, in some cases, getting vision you've never had) is always going to be perceived as a benefit.

It's also interesting to see what people value the most.

For myself, visiting London was far easier before I lost my sight and my wife's Fibromyalgia took a turn for the worse (A mixed blessing - it allowed it to be diagnosed).

I used to visit London frequently on my own and also a lot in the early days of getting to know the woman who is now my wife. Before I lost about 60%+ of my sight it was something I'd do without thinking. Part of it is being married as I feel I've always been able to muddle through (I have ADHD so travel has always been more of an 'unintended adventure' than for most as my disttactibility often led me to end up at unintended destinations) but now I have a wife to worry about me and lower vision I feel I can't be so cavalier in my attitude.

The Fibromyalgia also means my wife can't just up and leave to London for the day. We have to take into account how tired she is, how much physical and mental pressure the journey, the noise (She's hypersensitive to sound as part of the condition) and the bustle will put on her and even if she's able to cope with the day there's whether she has the possibility of one or two days recovery afterwards as even on her best day it will drain her.

As much as married life and our conditions constrain us, and as much as we go on regular guilt trips about one 'limiting' the other in the end I wouldn't exchange my wife for the world (and travelling the world has always been an attractive proposition for me).