• Glasses for One Eye After Cataract Surgery?


    Question:

    I am severely myopic in both eyes. I’ve worn glasses since age 6 and am now over 65. I just had a monofocal lens put in my dominant/reading eye after cataract surgery. I can't read as I have done for decades. No glasses, with book five inches away from left eye. As I have multiple pairs of glasses (computer/driving/bifocals/progressive), should I just get a dummy lens put in temporarily into the left/operated upon eye?


    Answer:

    What you are describing is very common for nearsighted patients after cataract surgery, especially while they are waiting to get cataract surgery in the other eye. You may find placing a blank or "dummy" lens over your operated eye causes more trouble than the expense is worth. You probably will be best served getting a pair of +2.50 or +2.75 over- the-counter reading glasses for your up-close work and relying on your operated left eye in the distance until you can get the right eye corrected to a similar level as the left.


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