Hurrah! My new contact lens has restored the sight in my left eye to 150%, or so the optician assured me - although I'm not sure how that works, exactly. I'm just happy to have a 100% unobstructed view in all directions back again. Also, I've just found out I can claim 80 euros back on my insurance, so I'm well happy...or as happy as anyone can be after they've found themselves 170-odd euros out of pocket through their own carelessness.
Going back to my avian theme, look who's back! Spring surely can't be far off now!