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I thought I would report back and let you all know I had cataract surgery six months back and had a Alcon mono focal toric lens placed in both eyes. After the first eye was set for distance, I was very concerned about losing all my near version. My doctor set my second eye for distance but set it /2 diopter in for slightly better near vision (mini - mono vision).
I have no halos or any night vision issues at all. My vision is stable and no different than six weeks after each surgery. My vision (probably like most is slightly better or worse on any given day). Today it was 20/25 in both eyes (missed a few letters at 20/20) for distance and it was 20/25 for near. On some days it's 20/20 and other days more like today depending on how windy it is, humidity and other factors.
Personally, I believe it's possible to improve your near vision by trying to use your near vision more. In other words, for me, I find that holding my phone at the right distance or any kind of reading at the right distance makes it a lot easier. Instead of 5 inches from my eyes prior to surgery, I now hold my phone 18" to 20" away and sometimes I might need to turn up the brightness slightly but I have a small phone (iphone 5s). I haven't bothered to adjust any font sizes in the settings I'm a creature of habit and it was difficult enough to retrain my brain to find that "sweet spot" 18-20" away rather than 5" after surgery. But, I almost never need or bother with reading glasses except for really small print or doing something up close.
Overall, I'm very pleased. I can't stress how important I believe it is to find a really good doctor you trust. Best to all.
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