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reading without glasses after cataract surgery

I have had a cataract surgery a month ago and the optician has just examined my eye and told me that my operated eye is now -2.75 without any astimatism. My other eye is -5.5 and I will need to go for another operation even though the cataract is mild as there is an imbalance so I cannot read well even if I close one eye and it does not matter which eye I close as I cannot read well with the other unclosed eye! (I could read very well before the surgery with my naked right eye. My left eye had a very bad cataract so I could not use it). I would love to continue being able to read without glasses and will be grateful if you can advise me as to what diopter I should now aim for in my next operation. (the doctor managed to achieve what I wanted which was slightly under -3 but now I wonder if I should have asked for more than -3!)
Will it help much if I aim for a bit more shortsighted than -2.75 and if so how much more or is -2.75 enough for both eyes? rRght now reading is rather difficult which ever eye I use! I dont mind wearing glasses for distance but would love to contiune being able to read without glasses. My operation was performed under the UK National Health Service.
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Most people chose to go the other way with the second eye. That is to leave is LESS than -2.75  planning a refraction of -1.50 to -1.75 would allow you to read with the first operated eye and with the second one to see the computer, shave or apply make up and shop all without glasses.

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Many thanks. Does this mean that -2.75 without astimatism (my left eye) will be enough for me not to need reading glasses after my second operation even if I go for say,  -1.75 in the next operation. Of course right now I am too unbalanced (right eye is  -5.5 and left eye is  -2.75). When I am less unbalanced (say at  -2.75 in left and  -1.75 in right) will I be able to read well without glasses? Right now it does not matter which eye I close, I still cannot read well with the other unclosed eye!
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