Terrible eyesight runs in my family- on both sides- so I never had a chance. Got my first pair of glasses in 3rd grade, even had bifocals for a while in middle school (awesome age to have giant coke bottle bifocals) but only needed those for a year. Got contacts in 8th grade and wore those mostly up until 5 years ago when my eyes just couldn't tolerate them anymore, so I've been back to glasses since then. Now, at 33, my eyesight is bad enough that I wouldn't make it more than 5 feet without my glasses. My last visit to the Dr. might be the first time EVER that my eyesight hasn't deteriorated since the last visit.
My dear fiance on the other hand, is 35 and just a couple of months ago started to notice that he was getting headaches from reading, so I dragged him to my trusty eye doctor (his first trip to see an eye doctor EVER). The doctor set him up with some glasses that to me are a hilariously low prescription and then gave him a lecture and told him that he will never be able to fully understand what life is like for me not being able to see. Then he turned to me and said "and if you two have children....let's just hope they get his genes for eyesight."
Since then, my betrothed has been going around telling people that he recently found out he suffers from this debilitating condition called "astigmatism" and that he wants to hold a star-studded telethon to find a cure.