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This is my second post since joining the board. I am a 56 y/o healthy male. I was recently diagnosed with an advanced cataract in my left eye and an early stage cataract in my right eye. I also have Glacoma in the left eye which is being treated with Lanaprost eye drops.
My left eye is 20/100 and my right eye is 20/40. I only see close to intermediate range in the left eye and medium to distance in the right eye. I have a slight astigmatism in my eyes as well. My optic nerve was checked and it’s in good shape and I am a good candidate for cataract surgery. I now see in mono-vision as my eyes have gotten worse in the last few years.
My medical provider is a large HMO. The original surgeon I spoke to said I wasn’t a good candidate for multi-focal lenses due to the fact I have an Asigmatism and smaller shaped eyes. He recommended single vision lenses. But just recently I met with a different surgeon at another location but same HMO, that is well recommended and has a lot of Cataract surgeries under his belt with a high success rate. He looked at my eyes and charts and said he didn’t see anything that would prevent me from getting the multi-focal lenses. His only warning is that I may get some artifacts at night which I already have with the cataract.
I did ask about doing a mini-mono arrangement. He said we can do that but he felt since I’m still relatively young I might miss having a full range of vision. He also said with the mini-mono I will probably need glasses for driving since I most likely won’t pass the driving exam without glasses due to having one near sighted eye.
After reading the posts on this board for a few months now it seems that many of you are having issues with multi-vision lenses due to blurriness or artifacts issues. I guess what I'm wondering is it that much different using a mini-mono arrangement vs multi-focal and will the artifacts (halos and starbursts) at night worse than what I currently experience or just slightly annoying. I think I would prefer the multi-focal lenses and independence from glasses but I don't want problems down the road.
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