That would be a tough thing for anybody. But for a desert hermit …
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As much as he tried to reassure us, I still think he needs another opinion about it because it’s “one of those doctors”…..He’s also totally right about how everything else can be “worked around” except for sight, in his situation….I have bad eyes, too, and have “issues” with doctors (sounds like he does-did too) and my one and only fear in life is losing my eyesight, so I really feel his uncertainty…..I’d be reacting the very same way he is right now….
One thing he seems to be is a survivor, and that happened cuz he’s smart ~ he’ll do what’s best for this……even if it might include gagging, maybe as a last resort kind of thing…..
But I’d still get that second opinion first, if I was him…..
I’m not sure if this will help, but, the idea of going blind was one of my worst fears as well. Then I took an awareness class in which most of the class activities (hide-and-seek, scavanger hunts, etc) were done blindfolded.
We weren’t allowed to use the paths.
After a few days, it got to where I could “hear” where the trees were, where the walls were, where the tripping hazards were. Especially interesting was the time I lost my glasses somewhere while crawling through a thicket, and when I asked for help finding them, 6 other students walked right to where they were. I’m not sure how to explain it, it’s kind of something you have to do for yourself.
Might I suggest trying to go without sight for a hour or two every once in a while, just to see how bad it really is? I know that after that class was over, the thought of going blind stopped scaring me.