suffering from myopia that requires minus 8 dioptre lenses (either glasses or contacts) is not as bad as it might sound.

of course, you are nearly blind. but it can be corrected easily, up to a vision of 125%. so for everyday life you're just a normal guy.

it also brings some advantages: if you're into printing, you get much more detail when looking at the printout from only 3cm and still see it clearly. the letters are so damn big then, and you can count the dots of your favourite 1400dpi inkjet. and if you're blind, your other senses strengthen. you can judge wether somebody smiles, even if you can't make out her/his mouth. rather staggering experience, can make you believe in mystical energy.