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I've been myopic since 3rd grade, wore glasses until 15 and then hard contacts exclusively until in my 50s it became annoying to use over the counter reading glasses. Changed to single vision glasses and can look underneath (without tipping them) to see up close really well. Have not needed or gotten used to progressive glasses. Have to read in bed on my side since herniated disc years ago, but easy to see a book up close without glasses. Also don't have the problem of seeing details in the mirror or the shower without glasses or magnification. Since my prescription is around -6, I have "superpower" close-up vision without my glasses. Also have astigmatism.
Now on in my early 60s I need to get the cataract in my left eye fixed. And I've been told that I will then want the other eye done as soon as possible after because otherwise the difference with two different modes of correction will be too big and unpleasant.
The idea of not being able to see up close without glasses is somewhat terrifying. Since I have been delaying, the Symfony was approved and I did all the measurements and then delayed again. It seems like a 16" close-up focal point is as close as I can hope for if all goes well and that's too far for reading without glasses. I'm not even sure if it would be good enough for seeing small details/small labels in daylight without glasses. I'm more willing to wear glasses all the time than to constantly try to adjust with reading glasses on and off during the day.
I thought if I could get the Symfony set at say, -2, I could get a closer focal point of maybe 12" or 13" without glasses and then continue to wear glasses during the day and maybe even get a progressive pair that would also give me the kind of close-up vision I have now.
But I was told that because of the way the Symfony is configured, trying to do a progressive correction over the top is very hard. I was told the most they'll do is -.75 and -.5 "micro monovision" to extend the range a little.
Or I could go with a monofocal at -2 or -3, which would definitely be an improvement of my distance vision and give me a closer reading distance. But that I would need progressives or computer glasses.
Has anybody been through this? What did you do and how do you feel about it? (Maybe I could use armless reading glasses in bed and a magnifying mirror? And get progressives that are clear on top and progress to +4 on the bottom?)
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