I am having cataract surgery on one eye next week. The other eye is myopic at -2.0. I can read with it and see at arm's length.
I have decided to go with a traditional IOL (fixed focus) but can't decide whether to choose one for intermediate vision or for distance. I would really like to be able to see clearly without glasses 3-5 feet away, like sitting across the table from someone or having a conversation.
I have worn glasses for my near-sightedness for many years and don't really mind but would really like to not have to wear them when talking to people or using my computer.
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We are all different. A good choice would be a aspheric monofocial IOL of high quality (Tecnis, Alcon, B&L) set for a goal of -1.00 coupled with your -2.00 in the other eye this would be "mini-monofocal with near/intermediate bias"
I went with minimonovision with an intermediate focal distance for my nondominant eye and plan to eventually do my dominant eye for distance (currently wear a contact for distance). I can function quite well without glasses except for reading. I do have an astigmatism, that plays into things and the IOL (unless it is a toric) won't correct for that. I liked not needing the glasses for distance after years of being very near sighted, but that is just my preference. I do think having intermediate distance is important since so many things are at that distance.
final comment. As a myope myself (about -2.50) I"m use to things being very clear up close and I often remove my glasses for reading or computer. I would much prefer to see clearly up close than at distance thus my "near" bias. Not everyone feels that way. Do remember that with monofocal IOL you are always robbing Peter to pay Paul. Any improvement at distance is acompanied by a worsening at near
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