• Is there any harm in using reading glasses to correct my distance vision after cataract surgery?


    Question:

    Is there any harm in using reading glasses as temporary regular glasses after cataract surgery? My first eye ended up at +0.75, so I can't see clearly at distance unless I use my +1.75 reading glasses. I would only use them until I'm prescribed glasses in 2-3 weeks.


    Answer:

    There is no harm done to your operated eye by using reading glasses to enhance your distance vision after cataract surgery until your new distance glasses are prescribed. I am more concerned about the effect that might be happening to your un-operated eye by using the reading glasses for distance vision. Although it will not do any harm to the un-operated eye, it can cause headache, eyestrain, and possible problems with depth perception, which could impact driving, etc. Please be certain to discuss this with your ophthalmologist.


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