I am 64 yrs, with -11 prescription & have just been diagnosed with cataracts in early stage. The NHS Consultant has agreed to give me corrective lenses, but only Monofocal are available on NHS, so I will still need reading glasses. The thought of being glasses free after 58 yrs is an amazing thought, but now I am wondering if I should pay to have Multifocal. I am quite happy to wear reading glasses, but am not sure at what distance I will need them??
There are many things to consider. First, your macula should have normal function-many -11 myopes may have a posterior staphyloma and other macular problems that would not be good for a multifocal. Another consideration is for an accommodative IOL such as the Crystalens or Synchrony (available in Europe).
Thanks for your reply- as you say, it's not straightforward!! I think the best step now would be to pay to see this consultant, as a private patient- then I will get time to discuss the various aspects & outcomes with him. In your opinion, at what distance will I actually need to wear glasses, if I opt for the single mono lens on the NHS- is it literally for reading a book, or reading food info on the supermarket shelf?
Well, I've started noticing vague foggy patches & as I'm so shortsighted, this was getting to be a problem, together with even poorer night vision & a couple of falls, where I've not seen a step-- my optician recommended I go & see the Opthalmologist at the NHS hospital.
Thanks for your comments-- I paid to see the Consultant privately this week & although the Monofocal, NHS lens is very good, I have decided to go for Trifocal lenses, which will enable me to be glasses free!!- BUT of course, can only be done privately--ouch!!! Having the 1st eye done next Monday!!! What is the problem with your eyes??
My Zeiss trifocal lens implants done in July 2013 have not been successful. I have no intermediate or reading vision, a huge amount of floaters in right eye & massive ghosting/ rings/ sparkler effects around all lights, together with burning, dry eyes. Its been the most distressing period of my life. I have now gone to a top cataract specialist & top retina specialist. After a retina scan I have been diagnosed with complete vitreous detachment in both eyes, with syneretic clumping to the right. I am having a lens exchange in left eye & combined vitrectomy & lens exchange to right eye..Both eyes will have the standard monofocal lens & I will need reading glasses.
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