My left eye is very short sighted, around -8, with a tiny degree of astigmatism and my right eye is slightly long sighted, around +2, with a slightly larger astigmatism. I don't have my exact prescription in front of me.
At present I'm getting reasonably good vision with just a normal soft contact lens in my left, myopic eye at -7, with the other remaining uncorrected. My distance vision is good, and near vision is good too, I can use the computer and read books, though tiny print and low light present a bit of a problem these days. My corrected eye is very much the dominant eye and the unusually it is the one that seems to do all the work for both distance and near.
I am interested in refractive lens exchange in my left eye as I have the beginnings of a cataract (although it's not bothering me at all yet) and I would like to be glasses-free. I have seen an eye surgeon who said I am not suitable for any laser treatments or similar and I would be a good candidate for refractive lens exchange. I'm ONLY suitable for a monofocal lens and not a multifocal or accommodating lens. I would prefer to stick with a monofocal lens anyway as I know many people are unhappy with them. I am not planning any surgery on my right eye at +2
I'm just starting a monovision contact lens trial with two options 1) to under correct my left eye with a -5.5 lens and nothing in my right eye which is around +2. And also 2) my left eye fully corrected -7 and right eye corrected with a +2 lens.
I've only just started the first trial, with the 5.5 lens in the left and nothing in the right and this seems perfectly satisfactory. I can see far enough away to drive, and I can read. I'm tempted to go for this option. However, my question is this - after the surgery my new lens presumably will not be accommodating. How can that be simulated with contacts as my natural lens is still doing this? Presumably this is not accurately simulating the sight I will get after surgery? I must also stress that my left eye although very short sighted without correction, performs brilliantly with a contact lens and is DOMINANT for everything, near and far vision.
Does anyone have any advice for me? To be honest the thing I'm most worried about is what sort of reading vision I'll have afterwards as my job involves lots of reading and computer work. That's why I feel an under correction in the left eye may be the best option, and using my +2 left eye for distance. Or is it just worth waiting a few years and hope there will be a perfect solution for me?