I've had glasses since I was 13. I tried contact lenses too, after a couple of years with glasses, but very fortunately I stayed with glasses instead. That saved at least my eyesight on one eye, possibly more. I was bicycling down a bridge, on a small pedestrian lane next to cars driving up and down, when I got hit straight in the eye by an almost invisible but quite solid branch of a bush - pointing straight at me. It was a bit late, almost impossible to see it. It had no reason being there. Would have taken my eye for sure and sent me falling off my bike into the traffic lane if I'd have had contact lenses. However, my thick glasses absorbed the impact and I managed to stop my bike in orderly fashion, so I could go back and break it off, lest anyone else should experience the same thing.
Wow, what a story!
I am not afraid or disgusted by anything related to medicine, really (I wanted to be a surgeons as a child), but when somebody talks to me about eyes, I freak out! I hate the fact of watching eyes being touched and "manipulated", I don't know why.
It was a real torture for me when I went to the ophtalmologist 8 years ago, when I was 16 years old. It must be psychological, but when an intense artificial light is directed to my eyes, I cry like a baby non-stop. Since then, I use glasses when I'm home or studying and working and have never returned to the ophtalmo., fearing it all.
I'm a weirdo.