2020-07-26 03:20:39 (edited by zub0 2020-07-26 03:23:07)

With google cars in the horizon and with stem research and just technical advances, I have many sighted folks from family to just strangers in the streets telling me I will be able to see again soon enough. Where, others ask me if I look forward to the day I can see again and that it will be possible in the next up coming years. However, everyone makes the assumption that being sighted or getting my vision back is liking my most dying wish, which it necessarily isn't. So I thought to post this question here. If you could and had the option, would you restore your vision, why or why not and if you have any other input post away:)

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2020-07-26 03:33:31

If magically I could restore my vision without tons of possibly painful and invasive procedures and if it would actually be useful, like if I wouldn't have to relearn literally everything in my life, yeah I would want it back. Why wouldn't I? If I could legally drive and all that, that would be so amazing. I could also play mainstream games, not have to worry if a website or app is inaccessible, not have to worry about getting materials for school adapted, and have a far easier career track. But it's not my greatest wish in life, what I think about every waking moment of every day, or whatever.

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2020-07-26 03:54:17

Before this discussion gets inevitably idiotic, I would like to take this moment to head off the "but what if seeing is worse?" and the "But we are differently able" crowds by pointing out that you can just close your eyes if that's the case.  Yeah there's neuroplasticity issues, but the worst case is now your eyes work but you can't interpret it, not you're somehow worse off, and to be honest there's so little research on that either way that I'm not really sure why everyone frets about it.

If I had to choose between seeing and something else, and that something else was like "You will never have another friend" or "You die in a year": no, I wouldn't take it.  But I have one of the rarest forms of Lebers, less than 10000 people on the North American continent if I remember the numbers right, and I expect to be able to see with no major side effects around 2050 through brain implants.  I expect that blindness will be a solved problem for any children born after that point not too long after, and just generally not a thing anymore by 2100 at the latest save for cases where blindness is really not the worst problem you have by a mile.

There's a difference between a bunch of well-meaning but clueless sighted people who think we spend every waking moment pining after vision and that not actually being the case, and opting not to have vision restored or for the first time.  You can only realistically construct scenarios where you wouldn't want it by positing side effects or by going down the not disabled but differently able path.  The first isn't likely to be the case, and the latter is one of the few things on the list of things I will loudly and vocally call out wherever I see it because the only way it's true is if there's some sort of game master god overseeing everything with his big dungeons and dragons manual summing up your advantage and handicap points.

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2020-07-26 04:09:43

Personally I'd absolutely want my vision restored and I can explain why with a very simple example.

When I was in Egypt I remember seeing the great gates of thebes at Luxor, a massive, 60 foot high construct of stone which even makes western cathedrals feel, small, especially when you realise how many thousand years it's stood.

With my level of vision I could at least see how high the things were, if I'd not had that vision I couldn't have told even that.
However, people I was with told me the hole thing was carvedd, all the massive size of it covered in intricate, still legeable carvings right up to the top.

Not only the shear scale of the thing was impressive, but the fact that people had taken such a massive amount of time to work every single inch of the stone.

Yes, one can be told this, one could even I suppose get a 3d printer and a tactile representation, but nothing is going to compare to the experience that sighted people had of just seeing the huge thing looming against the sky.

this isn't to say that I constantly pine over having vision (though the way people dismiss me because of being blind in this crappy country does sort of piss me off), however, that shear aesthetic experience, that sense of wonder and magnitude is something that a blind person simply cannot get.

therefore even if we were living in a completely accessible world, even if all information was presented in alternative sources, a world of flying cars and no bad attitudes, in fact a pretty idealised utopia, blind people would still be missing something, missing an experience, a form of appreciating the world that sighted people get free access to.

Of course, this isn't to say all sighted people take advantage of this either, anymore than all people who can hear learn to appreciate music, but at least they have the opportunity.

So for me, if nerve regeneration ever becomes a thing, sign me up, and Mrs. Dark would definitely say the same as well, indeed for her, even more so since at least I have the advantage of some access to vision such as colour and light, for all there is a huge amount of stuff I miss.

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2020-07-26 05:39:07

If I could, I would pobably not take it unless it could be removed, in which case I'd maybe try. I'm used to being blind. I don't particularly wish to be sited because Going from blind to sighted doesn't seem to be an easy consept seeing as you'd basically have to go to first grade all over again to learn your language's letters, colours, . Or have someone to help you. etcetera. .
Plus, if it were to be invented 30 years in the future or 20 or  50 or whatever I'd still have lived all that time blind and getting used to vision would be even harder. shruggies.. It sorta goes like that.

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2020-07-26 06:10:23

Not in this life. While I have never been able to see, if someone asked, I wouldn't get my sight even if I could; not in this life at least. Blindness, in its own way, is having sight; however of a different kind than physical sight.

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2020-07-26 06:13:42

my answer is know
because that I never saw, why should I see? it realy can't help me to be better because i can do everything now

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2020-07-26 06:56:01 (edited by musicalman 2020-07-26 06:59:35)

For me it's complicated, so this is a long post. tl,dr: I'd probably want some vision if getting it was physically safe and if I had support from friends/family, because I've always been curious about what having vision is like.

A bit of history:
During my adolescence I went through a "why me" attitude. Ever since I was a kid, I hated the fact that I was blind. I felt as though 95 percent of people who knew me treated me as a different person. Someone who needed help, someone who wasn't quite with it. And I believed they were justified. In many areas I am in fact behind. Not far enough to keep me out of mainstream, but behind enough that I needed to be held back a lot in certain things and receive roughly 10 hours of tutoring a week in certain situations. I always resented that. Every time something came up which was addressed to my special needs, it just re-enforced that resentment, because I felt so alone. I had tons of support, but not much companionship, and I blamed that on the fact I was blind.

The common response to such resentment I often hear is, "You can't control the problem but you can control how you react to the problem." Maybe that lifts some people up, but for me at least, it takes a lot to get me to really fly with that. Thinking about it wrong made me feel like I was even more broken. As a rough analogy, it felt like this: To replace one part of an appliance, I'd have to take it apart and disassemble 20 fully functional parts just to get at that one broken part. Of course, the only way that appliance is gonna get fixed is if you grind it out and do the work, no matter how annoying it gets. similarly, to stop resenting something, you need to change your attitude toward something, and it can be a long, annoying, confusing process sometimes, but it's the only way your attitude will change. I know this now, but my kid self couldn't possibly grasp that, and even now I have trouble with it because my mind has this tendency of letting negative things snowball.

Fortunately, I'm a lot more at ease today than I used to be, because I have more friends. Some blind, some sighted. I'm not a social butterfly by any means, but I have a circle of roughly 20 friends of various types, who all mean a lot to me, in addition to my family, so they certainly help put me in a better headspace. I have enough diversity in my social circle that I finally feel okay about being blind. Most of them talk to me as casually as they do everyone else, and even if a blindness-related challenge comes up, they don't get nervous or talk stiffly or awkwardly about it, so that boosts my confidence.

That said, I'd still be all for getting some vision. I've always been a very curious person. Always curious about new experiences, new medications, new ideas etc. I love to learn about everything new to me, and especially to talk to people who are knowledgeable in it, so the idea of getting my vision back is definitely something I have thought about. Naturally, during the days when I hated my blindness, I would've signed up to get my vision restored in a heartbeat. But during those days, I was innocent, naive and quite optimistic. I was only a kid, so I had little perspective on the potential negatives involved with such a thing. I just wanted vision, damn it. I wanted to see people, I wanted to play video games, I wanted to feel like I fit in without being singled out and treated like I was different. I would've traded all my favorite toys for it.

Nowadays, I still would want vision, perhaps even go through an experimental trial, but with a couple conditions. First I wouldn't do it if there was a moderate to high risk of drastic physical side effects like death, or brain/nerve damage. Also, I wouldn't go through with it if I couldn't get support from some of my family and friends. Aside from that though, I can't think of any other reasons why I wouldn't do it at the moment.

I'm perhaps not as worried as  I should be about the shock factor, even though I've heard that you never learn to use newly acquired vision naturally or efficiently. The adult brain can't make sense of it the way someone who has always had vision can. I know this would probably overwhelm, confuse, frustrate, and discourage me to no end. But I am so insanely curious to know what vision is like. I have light perception, and that alone is so profound to me that I can't begin to describe what it's like to someone who doesn't have it. And that's just light perception! I can't even imagine what it would be like to see shapes, colors and other details. Maybe that's my downfall. I'm so curious about the things I don't have, that I let the excitement get the better of me when I am presented with the prospect that I might one day get it.

70 percent of people who I've discussed this with are against it, due to the immense shock it would likely involve. They wonder why I would put myself through unnecessary hassle and risk-taking that isn't worth it.

I deeply respect their opinions, but I also have a history of letting this kind of criticism get to me to the point where I shut down and ask other people to make decisions for me. I know this is a decision I would have to make myself. So, I'm trying hard to build up my self-confidence so I can have a proper discussion that doesn't consist of me giving way at the first sign of a disagreement. At the same time I would have to approach the sight restoration decision with the utmost responsibility, much more than I can ever remember putting into anything else. My first instinct is to dive right in with a cheer, but I know that isn't wise. The challenge for me now is to balance my excitement with caution. My secondary challenge is to not let my pessimism run away from me, because that side of me came out bigtime during high school and hasn't really left me.

In the end, my saving grace is that my grandpa's early predictions that I would be able to see probably by the time I was 16 because technology was just moving so fast have proven to be quite far off. While I would like to be presented the chance to get vision at some point during my lifetime, I also would be fine with the fact that it just might not happen that fast. During my childhood and teenage years, I might have refused to accept that, but now I do, at least somewhat. And the idea does have a positive side: if I accept the fact that my generation isn't physically ready to come face-to-face with this prospect, at least then this tricky decision won't ever be mine to make, which may be a good thing considering how easily I get overwhelmed.

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2020-07-26 07:13:31

I am in 2 camps on this one.
1.  why not.
I have nothing to lose.
My eyes as I have got older have gotten softer.
They hurt, I waste 30 minutes a day with drops, I need sighted help with one of them so luckily I am at home.
And eventually I will need them to be removed.
So I will be with glass eyes, no light perseption, well hummm more problems.
Saying that jobs are harder to find even when you are sighted now days.
As others have said though, I have never seen in my life, having gotten this when I was new born.
I am 38 years old.
And while I can type, I can't write, or read or anything.
Take it all away and I am pritty much dumb and retarded sight wize because I never saw to begin with.
If I was a yunger man but I am 38, almost 40 years, even if I relearned everything, what would happen after that, its doubtfull I'd have any meaningfull life even if I could do that.
I wouldn't be able to get a job necessarily or qualifications or anything, would probably have to start at primary school all over again.
For me it just wouldn't be worth it.
Though I must admit replacing my eyes with tech sounds appealing.
Saying that if I could upload my mind to the net, get my busted shell killed off, get reborn into another unit and download all thhe skills and memmories I want to keep, maybe into the next world since this one is about done I think, then yeah I'd do it right now.
Heck probably I'd do a lot more than that.
But we are not close enough to anything just yet.
Even if I could now its probably to costly I'd never afford it.
At least for people with my condition its a lot more rare now days and can be prevented.
I may be the last of my kind on this earth or one of the last.
Its good enough to know that there may not be as many after me if ever.
My eye specialist who has handled these sorts of things before has told me that in my year I was born with the tech, there were a lot more that had brain dammage and other issues.
The fact that I am just blind and needing help and not utterly retarded or being really slow is actually good, a lot of others have been a lot worse than me.
I could have been one of the unlucky ones and never knew.
I have experiences some do not and never will.
At any rate, the world is changing, and in some ways covid is leveling the world out.
Working from home is actually a job location.
And that actually levels things out a bit for me.
People talk to their devices.
Once some of this mainstream stuff gets accessible or rather accessible stuff becomes expected in mainstream thats going to level things a lot more.
Sadly things like nvda and jaws will probably die as well as special devices to a point but if everyone uses it then it will be used.
This is the first step.
Preventing disability in general is another.
Both of these are achieveable if not right now then at least in our lifetimes certainly mine.
Sight, while I don't necessarily want to do it myself I am sure we may see it maybe.

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2020-07-26 07:37:33

Of course I would. I was sited before going blind. I would love to play minecraft and play with my sited friends like before and not have to worry about the accessibility of an app/website. I would also be able to do front end web development.

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2020-07-26 07:59:43

Re: "you can just close your eyes" ... So I don't think that's literally true, on the grounds that I find my eye formerly known as the good one demanding to be opened sometimes, even when it's particularly sensitive and that would be bad. There were some moments when playing Swamp got some long unused impulse to open eyes and look for the zombies to get really distracting.
That said, sleepshades are a thing. So the question is how much utter darkness as input would be distracting.

Anyway, the future sounds horribly unpleasant, unless we get the option to just go hide in a personalized Utopia and not get eaten by whatever "The System" is at the time. So I'll ignore the mechanism and focus instead on Fairy godparents, or a genie, or some divine miracle, or whatever.

I like what I had in the 90s. But if that was the only miracle I was being offerred, or if perfect vision was being offerred... I'd be kinda unhappy that a miracle was on the table and that was the only one available. Because no matter if you also miraculously fix the neurological and skill stuff, I still see myself having problems with it. Like, what would the psychological affects of being able to see people clearly be? How would vision effect motivation, attention, etc? Do I have the attention span to drive carefully, since we did not include self-driving cars in this miracle? And I think that constant reminder of how tall I am would be especially dysphorigenic. What about the things I'm better off not seeing? Etc.
But at the same time, refusing such a thing is like being offerred a big wad of no-strings-attached money, and refusing. It's basically being offerred superpowers compared to the present. ... I'd have to change my health insurance, I guess, but that's beside the point.

It's really hard to imagine sight, by itself, being much of a quality-of-life improvement. Other than video games and scenery. But the ability to drive and read and identify arbitrary businesses without having to ask people what they are would be huge, wouldn't they?

If I could get back what I had, then maybe slowly work up to improving, but it's all part of a broader package of problems miraculously solved, I'd feel a lot better about it. But ceterus paribus, I'd expect perfect vision to be stressful enough that I'd be uneasy about taking it on its own, and rather upset because I'd probably have to take it anyway and pray I could cope with the downsides.
I think, though, it'd also tend to be a more constant reminder about everything else that's wrong in my life that can't be fixed with current tech, and I'm not sure how that'd weigh.

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2020-07-26 08:14:47

Before you begin to judge me and assume that I'm afraid of sight based on what I'm getting ready to write, I'd like you to do your best to look at it from my perspective; no pun intended.  Restore wouldn't be the right word for me as I've never had it.  So I guess the question from my perception is, would I want it given to me and would I want to have it as a new experience?
Ideally, yes.  I'd love to wake up and be able to see the sun rise, understand it and appreciate it for what it is, make adjustments to my physical appearance in front of a mirror and see those for what they are, read my own mail without someone else's assistance, navigate all touch devices without added accessibility, drive my children to the park when this Corona thing lets up, take them to beaches, watch TV with them and understand in finer detail what it is they're seeing, even just to look at their faces.  I'd like to be able to know at a glance when someone is addressing me rather than having to guess because they weren't direct enough for me to know.  Particularly since my hearing is less than I'd like it to be, yes, ideally, I'd love sight.
Realistically?  post 3 made mention of the whole what if I don't like it idea.  Is it really as simple as closing my eyes?  and if it isn't, what am I to do about it?  I mean, my understanding of closing your eyes is that, if you can see you see the inside of your eyelids.  That's not the same as seeing nothing.  That's what I see right now.  Nothing.  It does not exist; it is an empty void.  It's not an idea, not a concept, not a thing.  It's nothing and I would wax all sorts of poetic and figurative if I keep trying to describe this nothingness I see.  To exchange it for something, I freely confess, is to me, a learning curve I'm not entirely certain I'm able to take on at age 32 given all of the responsibilities before me.
Were I to be living alone with no future prospects in my life and nothing going for me?  Yeah, I'd take it.  Am I going to be less without it?  I've gone 32 years along this road called life, which to me is long enough to prove that no, this is not the case.  Blindness is my inability to see; it does not disable or define me.  Sight would not suddenly enable me to do much of what I already do; it would just add to that assuming I can wrap my brain around everything I'm seeing by enabling me to see.  So yes, closing my eyes may, theoretically be an option, but it would be an option I'd have to train myself to continue to use regularly in comparison to what I do now, which is to generally keep my eyes open.  It's one more thing to think about in the event that I want the curtain closed on sight in an attempt to take me back to the nothingness I've grown used to because it was forced upon me at birth.  This is not like switching from one screen reader to another, or jumping operating systems and hardware.  It's not like learning a new program.  Eyes in their entirety are even more complex than ears, and I value what I have left of mine.  The same concepts used to give to one person can take away from another, so for me it's a question of doing my best to weight the pros and cons and acting upon it based on what I know of myself.  I know me and I know what I'd want to do as soon as I began seeing.  I'd want to put the rest of my life on hold until I got the grasp of everything around me, and depending on how long that takes, the world could pass me by.

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2020-07-26 08:48:39

Legally blind here, but fuck yeah.
If you asked this from me 1 year ago, I'd say I don't care but now I know what issues we face in the world, not getting the job we want because we're blind, having to study more than others at school because of resources not being available, having to explain how we navigate, people taking distance from us just because we're blind (I only have a few friends IRL compared to other teenagers and I've noticed people don't talk to us blindies for some unknown reason), always needing to ask someone to read you the destinations when using public transports, These are some of the issues I face in Iran even though I'm not fully blind and I'd love it if they disappeared.

2020-07-26 09:06:22

I wouldn't want mine. I can say that without hesitation. Now here's why. As some of you have pointed out, relearning everything would be really hard. Also, if I had my vision, I wouldn't have met some of the most important people in my life. I wouldn't have needed VoiceOver. I also wouldn't need audio games. Without those 2 things in my life, there are a lot of wonderful people I wouldn't have met. Besides, I don't want to be one of those people who judge by appearances. I want to really understand someone. Now before anyone starts to get angry, I'm not saying sighted people never understand others. I'm saying it's easier to understand someone when you don't have to waste time matching up the circumstances of that person's life with a picture of their face.

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2020-07-26 09:26:46

I have been asked more than once that if i have $1 million what would i do with it? Expecting my answer to  be treating my eyes. My response have always been disappointing LOL. I have listed a lot of things, my sight was never one of them unless there was left over money I didn't know what to do with it.
With that being said, if the opportunity presents itself for me to have vision, i'd take it, though not at the cost of other important things. For example, I have a few sick people in my family. I would gladly exchange my vision for them to recover completely and for life to get back to normal again.
My point is that while sight is not as important as the sighted people think it to be, it's also not something to ignore completely. When I was younger I thought going out with friends and travelling and whatnot is the same with and without vision. I have only recently realized how wrong I was.

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2020-07-26 11:44:49

I can see light and outlines and as far asI know; there's no cure.


This doesn't bother  me at all, as it could always be worse and I doubt I'd want to see anyway.


sure video games would be nice and walking around faster and all that, but it's not needed for me to live a fulfilling life.


If a cure came along, I don't know if I'd take it, I might but I'm unsure.

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2020-07-26 12:10:02

oh kay, this is kinda really hard for me explain, for me, but for my answer yes and no, ile talk about the no part, now no  is because it would  take so much time getting used to it, and you would half to learn how to rite   read, and all that stuf, and yes, because        i would be able to see    like, how butafull the ocean is, or the mountains and play main stream games, and i've all wase wonderd what it's like to see.

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2020-07-26 12:26:18 (edited by supremekiller 2020-07-26 12:30:04)

Yes, there is no doubt I'd like to be able to see.
I would be amazingly happy if I could see, imagine the amount of experiences I'd have!
My parents try to describe to me about the sky, about historical objects, etc and I don't get a good picture of what they're trying to tell me.
I don't know if it's the same everyware but especially in Ireland, blind people are so rair that we get treated as if we're different to everybody else.
I could see my parents and my sibling's faces!
Either way I could continue all day, but I won't.

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2020-07-26 12:38:57

For me, nope, I'm blind since berth, Which means being sited will interduse me to a hole new sense that i'll have to learn how to use, And relearn mostely everything i've learned until now

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2020-07-26 13:20:15

Hello,
I would restore my vision. I have interests that blindness prevents me. I hope when they find a cure, if that comes with chips and stuf we won't end up looking like cyborgs.

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2020-07-26 14:14:08

Hi there,
@1: as a previously sighted guy, I'm waiting for the moment every day.

Yes, blindness has definitely some very interesting points, it teaches one to see things in a different way, but nothing of that is worth the ton of amazing stuff you can do with working sight. You can not just drive a car, a plane or a helicopter, or read musical notes, scientific books, fMRI scans, but also do as basic things as going whenever you want without being ashamed of either always asking people for directions, bumping into things and getting lost on well-known paths, or dragging someone with you.
You can simply go out without any specific idea where you want to go. No path planning, no searching for orientation points, you simply leave your house and go whenever you want, and are able to do whatever you want, like visit a restaurant which you're currently passing, a local store to buy something, whether it's an important stuff or simply some sossages to have a tasteful snack.
And did I mention all sorts of beautiful girls you can watch during the way? Thats simply amazing, one of the most worth it functions of sight!
Even in more seriousness than just enjoying beauties on the streets or photos. Without a working sight, how is a blind guy supposed to find a nice girlfriend?
Beauty is a subjective thing, you can't simply ask your friend: "Hey, John, you know... this girl from the nearby class sounds quite hot. Could you tell me, how does she look like?"
That friend would concentrate on things important for him, which don't need to be the same as things important for you. And even if they were, there are many aspects based on which two people can consider the same feature either beautiful or ugly, so you wouldn''t get the right assesment for you.
And if you actually start dating with some girl, sooner or later you will find out the shape of her body yourself. The problem is, that at that moment, it's usually too late to end the relationship peacefully. Beauty assesment comes usually as first, not as last, for a good reason.
Someone might suggest, that appearance is not everything, or even a minor thing compared to other stuff involved in relationships. But whatever moral, poethic or religionous reasons we want to find to support this idea, the simple fact is, that it's not the case. Statistics from dating sites clearly show, that people consider appearance as one of the most important things when searching for a partner.
Not the onlione, a beautifully looking idiot is still an idiot, but definitely a majorone.
A working sight can not just greatly improve your chances, but also make you able to find a girl, which you'l really enjoy.

So yeah, I would definitely take my sight back, if I could. It is one of my greatest wishes, although thinking about it every day is not something... let's say good for mental health.

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2020-07-26 14:51:00

Okay, after reading various interesting responses from various people in this topic, I would definitely say that yes, I like my vision thank you.

Now, assuming that something like this comes around 2050 or 2060, (If humans didn't killed themselves until then,) I would be either in my early fifties or early sixties.

And long ago during the very beginning of my teenage years, I made a promise to myself. That I would never shy away from something because it is challenging, or because it'll be too hard, or I have to learn somethings entirely from the beginning. As a result, I wouldn't mind that even in my old age, I learned to read the letters of my language once again, or really, go out on a walk on my own without someone else's help.

Of course, I would get an entirely new point of view for my passion: computer programming. It would be very interesting to see how exactly that c code looks in reality, again, either c would be around even then, or I could just dig and find the examples for myself, or write on my own.

After that though, I probably would spend rest of my life playing all the games I couldn't play before, rewatching the movies, tv shows, animes again, And it is a very strange thing that thinking about that is enough to excite someone so cynical like myself.

But I will tell anyone who is reading this, that I don't think about it every day, currently it's just one of the possibilities within my future. For all I know, I might die without even having a chance to use this technology.

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2020-07-26 15:09:36

No, I would not restore my vision.

My reason: Only God knows why He made me blind, and I know that He has a plan for my life, so I can rest in the knowledge that everything will happen according to His will for me.(Romans  8:28. He made me blind for a reason, and even though I don't know the reason why, I know that it is a good reason, if that makes sense.

"It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul."
Invictus: by WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY

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2020-07-26 15:16:36

As far as I'm concerned, all of the following points would have to be true in order for me to want to have vision:
1. It would have to be in the next, say, fifteen years. I'm thirty-six years old, and the older I get, the less likely I am to be able to use functional vision.
2. Speaking of, I would need this vision to be very strong (i.e., I don't want to have trouble reading large print right in front of my nose). Ideally, I would have perfect or at least average sight, good enough to drive, read street signs and whatever else.
3. The surgery and restoration would come with no permanent negative side effects, and I would be supported during the time it took me to learn how to process visual information.

If all of those things could be guaranteed, I'd consider it.

I'm convinced that I wouldn't change as a person just because I was able to see people. I wouldn't suddenly become more vain or shallow. I'm also convinced that I'd end up, at least eventually, with even more skills and independence than I have right now. So yeah, if all the stars aligned properly and I could toss that monkey off my back, I would.

But they won't. Let's be real about this. They won't. And I know it. So I'm not losing any sleep over it. I don't pine for vision. I'm happy as a blind person. Sure, I'm lacking one sense, but it's all I know, so I, too, hate it when sighted folks think my life must be unbearable without a sense of sight. Because it really, really isn't. Until those stars align, I am perfectly comfortable living the way to which I've been accustomed all my life. I don't feel I should be prayed over, or pressed to undergo risky procedures to restore a minimum of sight just on principles. For me, it's basically all or nothing.

Check out my Manamon text walkthrough at the following link:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/z8ls3rc3f4mkb … n.txt?dl=1

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2020-07-26 15:51:28

I would never do this.  I was born blind and am quite content.  I have had people ask me if I want my sight back and when I inform them that I never had it they become confused.