I went to see an eye surgeon today, so I can update my earlier post on the problem with my aging eyes.
It turns out that the operation to clean up my retina (a vitrectomy) would do some good, but improve my vision only somewhat. And much as it bugs me, my left eye isn’t really that bad. In fact, if I had only that eye, I would still pass a driving test.
So: some improvement but marginal.
On the other hand it’s surgery. As in cutting open the eye, sucking out the fluid, removing the gunk from the retina and putting it all back together. Six months to heal. Cataract within a year, guaranteed.
So: worse, then better (but not completely), then worse, then better (with an artificial lens) but still not what it was.
At this point I think I will leave well enough alone. Maybe of I develop cataracts later in life I’ll get the vitrectomy at the same time. Maybe there will be a better process by then.
Read more on vitrectomy at Wikipedia