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Farsighted and Nearsighted Correction

Hello,

I recently got a prescription for new glasses. I am nearsighted (-1.25) in my left eye. The new lens is great, I can see so much more clearly for distance and my close-up vision in that eye is still great with them on. My right eye is farsighted. He prescribed a +1.00 lens. However, the lens for this eye has made my long distance significantly worse (which I would expect from reading glasses, not a prescription?) and has not improved my close up vision in that eye AT ALL as it is still slightly blurry although readable. As a result, I can't see any better with my glasses. I guess I am just having trouble understanding how, if I am truly farsighted, corrective lenses are not helping at all?
After doing some research, I am wondering if I am experiencing some astigmatism in my right eye causing the blurriness even with corrective lenses because I have a lot of the symptoms (ie. frequent headaches and strain).

I went back to him today and he prescribed me the same -1.25 in my left and changed the right eye to 0.00. Instead, he added a +.5 bifocal in the left eye, and a +.75 bifocal in my right eye. I don't understand how I could possibly benefit from a bifocal. My reading is already great in the left and I don't have problems adjusting between distances at all. And if the previous +1.25 lens wasn't helping in my left eye, why would a +0.75 bifocal be any better? I remember him saying to me that he wanted to give me something in the farsighted eye rather than leaving it uncorrected. I suggested having a separate prescription for reading and working on my computer to help this eye. I did not expect him to prescribe bifocals (considering I am 21).

I won't go back to this optometrist because I have had an overall negative experience with him the past few weeks (ie. low patient interest). So, I'm just trying to understand a bit more before I find another doctor, and so that I can ask more informed questions.

Thanks!
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You can be nearsighted (myopic) in one eye and farsighted (hyperopic) in the other. The condition is called aneisometrophia and makes glasses very difficult to get use to.

JCH MD
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