I ask because apparently I have to make that decision when I finally get cataract surgery, hopefully this year. I finally got tired enough of my optometrist saying I don't even know how you can see anything, as he is peering into my lenses with his little scope. Which of course gives an enormous boost to my confidence about driving at night and perpetuates the nickname so lovingly pinned on me by the Marthas - blind girl driving.
And I realised then that he obviously did NOT refer me to an eye surgeon last year, as he said he would do, so I all but hollered at him "well let's get the damn surgery done already!"
Apparently I will have to convince the eye surgeon that my case should be made a priority. Because my cataracts are so advanced for someone "so young" (the optometrist's words, which put him temporarily back in my good books), I stand a better chance of moving up the queue than say, an 85 year old who doesn't drive.
And then he coached me on the buzzwords that I need to use when talking to the eye surgeon. I have to say that I am blinded by oncoming headlights, that the quality of my vision is impaired, that I can no longer see contrasts, and that I am unable to find the correct light level to see computer screen or page. I won't have any trouble remembering those because they are all true.
But then the optometrist told me that at surgery, I will need to decide whether I want to have good distance vision (as I currently have in my left eye) or good close-up vision (as I currently have in my right eye).
Which would you choose?