Help Choosing IOL - near - mid - far?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by daubedp, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. daubedp

    daubedp Guest

    Am scheduled for surgery next week - have astigmatism and myopia and
    granular cataract both eyes. Doing right first - as have had retinal
    detachment in left and so right safer. Am right eye dominant and left
    eye has a bit of macular scarring that twists text a bit - so not
    great for reading. Surgeon needs to order lens and I have been given
    choice of near, mid-range or distance vision. I read a great deal and
    I work at a computer - also like to cook. Have chosen mid-range but
    am a bit uncertain. I read myself to sleep every night - have since
    childhood. Do not fancy the idea of having glasses on for that!
    Right now vision is awful - but I can still read without glasses if
    book/mag/newspaper/recipe is a few inches out. Would near be better
    or would I go nuts having such a limited sphere? Any suggestions will
    be appreciated.
    daubedp, Mar 28, 2007
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  2. daubedp

    Ms.Brainy Guest

    I am in a similar situation (just switch left and right) and I am
    choosing mid, and have no doubts about it. However, if you are a taxi
    driver you should consider far, and if you are a jewler or make your
    living repairing watches you should consider near. I personally don't
    think that wearing glasses for reading in bed is the worst thing in
    the world. You already know that retinal detachment is more horrible.
    Ms.Brainy, Mar 29, 2007
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  3. I'd go for the near if you really, really "do not fancy" (I take that to
    mean "would hate") readers for reading in bed, with the understanding
    that you might nead something on your nose for just about everything
    else. But I would not choose the distance option for the first eye you
    do, due to the chance you might accidentally end up hyperopic.
    Personally, chosing the mid range worked out very well for me, then the
    second eye was set for far.

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Mar 29, 2007
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