A friend requires cataract surgery in the near future, and has some questions about his options for MeFites who've pondered the same issues.
(I have seen this thread
and pointed him to it - juggler
, have you had your surgery yet? What did you decide to do?)
My friend is 43. He has been mildly nearsighted since 12 and has worn glasses/contacts for distance vision since then, but has never had problems with very close vision. The cataract in his left eye is quite advanced, the right one less so; he is planning to have both done, but has not chosen his replacement lenses yet.
Single focus lenses
: It appears that he could choose to have single focus close-focus lenses in both eyes, or single focus distance-focus lenses. If you have two close-focus lenses, how well can you see small things up close, like tiny iPhone screws or needles to thread? If you have two distance-focus lenses, can you read without glasses and do other close work? Is there a reason to choose one over the other? If you could do it over, would you get the same focal distances?
: What kind of lens did you get? How happy are you with your overall vision? Was it worth the extra expense? He has BCBS insurance and will probably have to pay above the coverage cost to get multi-focal lenses.
Special bonus question
: Anyone with the new Crystalens accommodating lens? TruncatedTiller
, you posted that your wife has them - is she still happy? How does it compare to her natural vision?
Thanks, hivemind. If you prefer e-mail, drop me a note at metacatlet @ gmail or MeMail, and I will pass it along.