Last week I had cataract surgery on my left (non-dominant) eye. Right eye (dominant) is to be done soon. I have always been near-sighted (astigmatism in both, but for most of my life I could see so-so without glasses), have worn progressive trifocals since middle age. I am an artist, heavy reader, heavy computer user. I made all that clear to the doc before surgery. Oops, now left eye is set for distance with Toric IOL. (Result of my not having enough knowledge to ask the right question at the right time.) I cannot read even a sentence in a newspaper (at any distance!) or the label on medicine bottle to know which eye drops I'm taking without the aid of my right (dominant) eye (without glasses). Left eye is a blur. When they said I might still need glasses following surgery, I had no idea it would be this bad in my left eye at reading. Cannot imagine being like this in both eyes.
Now I understand that the dominant eye (my right is VERY dominant), must be set for distance, if mini-monovision is desired. So by doing my non-dominant eye first and setting it for distance, my doc has foreclosed my options, right? Mini-monovision won't work? Or may be less optimal than it would have been if the dominant eye had been used for distance? If the answer is yes to both of those questions, then can the non-dominant eye be changed to near vision in some relatively easy way?
I would sure like to avoid having to pay for Toric lenses and still having to buy progressive glasses. Worst case scenario is needing a surgery to change the lens in the non-dominant eye so it can be set for near vision. I really don't have the money to have make mistakes like this & have to pay to fix them. (Assuming they can be fixed.)
BTW, the doc had told me after the surgery to take the left lens out of my old trifocals to see how my surgically altered eye works with my corrected right eye. Did not work! Felt nauseated at distance and intermediate, had double vision at reading distance. Put the left lens back in & discovered that I my distance vision was better using my old glasses over my new Toric IOL. I tested with an eye chart. I guess the correction in the right dominant eye with the glasses helps improve my distance vision. However, the good news is that I can drive and watch TV without any glasses, because the left eye is 20/30 for distance. Great. But now I need glasses to find my glasses!
At this point I am ready to cancel the next surgery. However, I still do have issues with glare & color contrast, etc from the cataract in my right eye. But setting both eyes for distance and becoming blind in my near vision overnight seems unthinkable. Feeling stuck.
I will be seeing my doctor this week for a post-op visit.
Thanks for any insights!