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I have scheduled my right eye cataract surgery, which is supposed to happen in about 2 weeks, but I am still having second thoughts, about possibly waiting some more.
I'd like to know whether a a stronger prescription can temporarily take care of cataract problems. My glasses prescriptions are -3.25 L and -4.0 R. Left eye has no cataract. Overall, my vision is not too bad at all, because my left eye carries most of the load. But if I cover it and look at the TV, for example, I can hardly read any text on the screen.
I haven't seen an optometrist, so now I'm questioning if my right eye prescription is correct. I have been seeing an ophthalmologist for the last 2 or 3 years, but, other than checking the development of the cataract, they never check the prescription.
So I experimented a bit, using some of my old glasses and may have found something interesting...or not, I don't know.
I've printed a copy of Snellen Eye Chart and placed it on the wall, and stood about 10 feet away. My left (no cataract) eye is perfect, as I can read everything on the chart with any problems (with glasses, of course). The right (cataract) eye, as expected, is a completely different story. I can't read even the biggest font. However, when I use my old glasses, and places them on top of the ones I'm wearing, I can read the top 4 lines, maybe even the 5th. By placing old lens on top of the existing, I am probably changing my -4.0 to something close to -7.0 (not quite sure what the old prescription was).
Does any of this make any sense? Could I possibly postpone the surgery by getting stronger prescription on my right eye? Even if I can, would I maybe run into a completely different problem, where the difference in prescriptions between my eyes would be almost 4 diopters, whereas now it is only 0.75?
I'd really appreciate any feedback, especially if anybody had successfully "cheated" on their cataract by stronger prescription. Of course, "cheating" would be only temporary, until my left eye develops a cataract as well (might take a few years, nobody knows), and then I do them both.
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