It is after 2am and I had a lot to do today (hence the sudden absence before, my bad) and I am e x h a u s t, but shush up because if I’m going to be stuck with this thought, someone else has to be too: it makes perfect sense for Ignis to lose his eyesight.
Sshppppshh hear me out. Throughout his episode, Ignis and Ravus form a quick understanding. Despite being on opposite “sides”, the majority of the skin they have in this whole game of Kings and Oracles is less political and more personal. They both have someone they wish to protect. Ravus has already lost his mother, his home, even his identity - Luna is literally all he has left in this world. And Ignis recognises this because he is in much the same place. Insomnia is gone, along with any family he might presumably have had. Everyone he loves fits into a small five-seater with room to spare.
Let’s be real, Ignis did not take Regis’ words to heart. “Don’t guide my son, merely stand beside him” my ass. It’s brought up that he wears his glasses despite not needing them becuase he prefers to have total clarity at all times. Hell, it’s the name of his super special combat ability. Ignis is always in control. Always knows what to do, even when no one else does. He more than anyone has been holding Noct’s hand this whole time.
In losing his eyesight, he loses that visual clarity he so cherishes, but it’s more than that - on the same day, he loses his clarity in a far grander sense. It’s the first time he’s really forced to confront the idea that he really, really cannot do this for Noctis. (Until he does, but that’s an AU, and a whole different thing, hush.) He can be present, but he may not be able to sway the outcome. Luna is dead despite her brother’s best efforts, and Noctis will wake all the worse for it. He’s going to be in pain, and furthermore, there’s every chance he might meet the same fate. For all his tOtAL cLArItY, Ignis is not nearly as in control as he likes to think, and that realisation comes down on him all at once. He can’t stop what’s coming. He can’t protect Noctis.
Furthermore, losing his eyesight robs him of his ability to look after his friends as he always has. He can’t cook for them, can’t drive, cannot so much as mend Noctis’ shirt buttons. Instead, he is the one needing care and help, and for someone like Ignis, it’s excruciating. Just as Ravus was robbed of his final shred of hope, Ignis lost something too. He lost a part of himself that he deemed pivotal. And while we know he eventually bounces back, he does still lose Noctis in the end, too. And for Ignis, the end begins in Altissia.