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Have cataracts in both eyes and it is time for surgery soon. Any opinions on best type of lens for reading music? Thanks in advance.
I had both my eyes done about 5 years ago.Have cataracts in both eyes and it is time for surgery soon. Any opinions on best type of lens for reading music? Thanks in advance.
Luckily cataract surgery is well scienced out. Here's to a good outcome.Have cataracts in both eyes and it is time for surgery soon. Any opinions on best type of lens for reading music? Thanks in advance.
Sorry to hear this. Not sure why my sister had no problems or what exactly they gave her. As for me, after the first year I went in and they used a laser to clean the membrane behind the lens because it can get coated with something. Not sure what but it's a common procedure they told me and they only had to do it once. My eyesight has been great since I had the operation and that was maybe 12 or 13 years ago. It made all the difference in the world.My better 3rd elected for multifocal lenses, and she would like very much to reverse that decision. She has had nothing but trouble, and two additional surgeries attempting to correct problems with the lenses. Her experience has been unsatisfactory to say the least, and was expensive. We have found since that her experience is not exactly rare. Too late.
I've put off getting mine done but will have to do it soon. Needless to say, I will correct for distance and use reading glasses.
That approach is typically called Monovision. They correct your dominant eye for distance and your non-dominant eye for near. IIRC about 80% of folks can adapt to this but a good deal depends upon the individual and their Rx, cylinder (astigmatism) etc.My sister is not a musician, but when she had her cataracts removed they put in one distance lens and one close lens for some reason. She explained it to me years ago but I don't remember exactly why. The result has been however that she can see both near and far without glasses or contacts anymore.
Ahhh.. I see. No pun intended. Take care of your good eye, my friend. Glad your vision is excellent with the touch up.Thanks. That is what she had. I couldn't do it because I had a Strabismus operation at age 4 but never achieved fusion. Hence my weak eye would be useless as the reading eye since it is too weak to deal with that. Plus it has an astigmatism that made all parallel lines get wavy when I had the cataract removed and the new lens put in. I never notice it unless I close my good eye because that eye is what I really see details with.
That's not fun and there is not much you can do about it other than practicing with the weak eye and re-establishing the connections in the brain but mileage will be age-dependent. That's one of the reasons why they usually tape close the good eye after strabismus surgery, to force the weak eye to exercise (not in the eye but in the visual cortex). It's never too late to have a happy childhood but it gets harder and harder the further down the road we are.Thanks. That is what she had. I couldn't do it because I had a Strabismus operation at age 4 but never achieved fusion. Hence my weak eye would be useless as the reading eye since it is too weak to deal with that. Plus it has an astigmatism that made all parallel lines get wavy when I had the cataract removed and the new lens put in. I never notice it unless I close my good eye because that eye is what I really see details with.
The only solution I know of, if you get your surgery for distance vision, is to get a pair of readers made for you for that distance. The optician I used to go to had them, and in fact could make them for any focal length I might have wanted. Computer distance lenses are common these days, so even those can work for reading charts so you don't have to have your face in the sheet with your horn hitting the post of the music stand.Thanks for the replies everyone. Maybe I should have given more details.
I have had cataracts for a while and the doctor says now is the time for surgery. I have been wearing trifocals for years now and also have astigmatism which can be corrected by the the new lenses I get during the cataract surgery, Distant vision will be much improved by the surgery but I am very concerned about intermediate vision for reading music.
hanks again for all the replies
Your visual experiences sound almost like what I experienced: I was 41 and working doing opera production shots during performances and started having trouble focusing. I had no idea what was going on cause who knew about ageing at that age? Ha Ha. So I had to get +1.0 diopter lenses for my viewfinders. It was only normal as 40 is the usual age for the muscles to stop being able to focus well---all you almost 40 folks get ready----and 35 years later I'm using readers of +2.50 and autofocus camera lenses. LOLMy vision is also deteriorating with age. A bit of astigmatism, and pre-operable cataracts that is worse in my non-dominant eye.
I started having to use readers 20-some years ago when I turned forty. I started with a +1.25 and by age 55 was using a +3.00 to read really fine print. I got tired of having to find my glasses all the time, and so the eye doc recommended progressive lenses. Now my glasses stay on my face all the time. They took 2 weeks of constant wear to get used to having to tilt and turn my head to focus on objects.
I had some 'computer' glasses made that are great for reading music, because I couldn't see the whole page with progressives. I think i've been using a +2.50 for reading music. I cannot, however see the audience or the conductor very well. (Not sure that's a bad thing.
I'm pretty sure that I would get both eyes corrected for distance when cataract surgery is warranted, I don't trust the multi-focus lenses to be quick enough to do music. I wouldn't get far/near vision, because I feel that would compromise my depth perception.