This isn't meant to be a shock factor story, yet it's still one of the scariest thing's I've ever heard, because it happened to my mother.
She has been struggling with a deteriorating eye disease. For as long as I can remember she has been in and out of hospitals. The disease basically eats away the cornea making it possible for the eye fluid between the lens and the retina drip out. I remember once she asked me to look at her eye because something felt off. I could see her lens pertruding far out of the cornea. We rushed her to the hospital and got her eye fixed up. The doctor said that if we hadn't have acted fast, she would have lost the eye. Several surgeries later, they were able to salvage the eye. Yet, it was forever blind. Only able to let light in, and nothing more.
Years later the disease developed in the other eye. This time, I helped her go to the doctors. They told her that there was an ulcer on the eye. And the only way for them to remove the ulcer was to sew the eye shut. I didn't want to leave my mother alone while she was blind, so I stayed with her. The hospital was able to accommodate us in the hotel in the same building. I would help my mother around the building, be there for her and help her with nearly anything. I could tell she was blind. But I really didn't understand that she was blind.
One night, I heard a rustling in the room. I woke up and looked around the room, my eyes still trying to get used to the low levels of light in the room. I could see an outline of a body sitting at the edge of my mom's bed; it was her. She was sitting there, lightly sobbing. I asked her what was wrong. She said she that while she dreamt, she could see. And all she ever really did while at the hospital was sleep. And that that night, she had woken up unable to see.
She then hesitated from speaking,
I asked her again what was wrong.
She simply replied,
"I forgot I was blind"
She woke up in a world of darkness, unsure if she was still sleeping or if she was awake. And if it were a nightmare, it were a horrible one. One that robbed her of her sight. But then I realized,
she was living the nightmare.
It still scares me today to think this