The doctors I saw were often hesitant about strabismus surgery. They frequently warned me that it is such a precise surgery that it could make things worse instead of better.
As I entered my 50’s, I still bought books, but it was getting harder and harder to read them. The internet was coming into bloom about that time, and I found it easier to read things online. The nature of web pages is that they are brief and concise. I could often read an entire website without losing my focus.
That soon changed also, as the web flourished and websites collected more and more material. But I never imagined a day when I could barely focus long enough to read even a few paragraphs. Surely the doctors would rescue me with surgery before that happened.