This is a very timely discussion for me, as I have a cataract in my right eye that I hope will be replaced shortly.  Have an appointment with our ophthalmologist next Monday. 

At first I joked that I would have a distance-focused lens put into the right eye and use a monocle for reading.  I also wondered if my dermatologist could supply me with a fencing scar on the right cheek :).

After giving it some thought, I just can't imagine having anything else but a near-distance lens inserted.  I've always been near sighted and have worn glasses since I was eight years old.  The inserted lens has no focus ability at all, which means that seeing close will to be difficult to begin with ..... I'm wondering if a variable-focus (progressive) reading lens in that eye wouldn't be appropriate, despite the higher cost.  So there's no reason to make seeing close work any more difficult, as it's quite a bit easier to correct for distant vision.

My wife had a distant lens inserted and a medium distance lens in the other eye.  It's OK, though not as good as she expected, and it annoys here to not be able to read without glasses. 

I'll just stick with my near-sightedness, and hearing what others have experienced reinforces that option.


On Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 7:01 PM, Holly Butlett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

My husband had his done, and was able to see great right after.  He only had long distance, but doesn't need glasses at all for distance or close up.  I guess down the road, he could need reading glasses, but it's been over two years and still can see great.  Holly Butlett

On Aug 10, 2016 4:04 PM, "Brie Dodson" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Linda - Yes, both eyes done. One near, one far. Led to multiple disastrous vision "incidents," but beyond that, to an extremely poor quality of vision overall. No number of years of "adjusting" helped. We tried to talk both family members out of it both times, especially the second time; but the eye doctor said, "The brain adjusts ..." and they believed him over us. That was their choice, but I cannot possibly recommend it. The results were horrid. And dangerous. B

On Aug 10, 2016, at 05:51 PM, Linda Feltner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

OH, here is a point of confusion for me. .. Linny, are you thinking of having just one eye done? and leaving the other as is? 
That is the way I read it, when you wrote "specifically in the right eye".  So which near or far lens do you choose for that one eye? 

Brie: Are you saying your family members had BOTH eyes are done, and one with distance and one with up close lenses - Yes, I've also heard that is not satisfactory (from others).


Linda M. Feltner Artist, LLC
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, President

On Aug 10, 2016, at 2:41 PM, Brie Dodson wrote:

My advice from family members' experience (not my own): Do not, DO NOT allow the "one close, one far" procedure! I can't stress that enough! It resulted in crappy vision for two of my family members, even after many years of "adjusting." If it were me, I'd put the priority on the close-up vision. I'm like you in having enjoyed that beautiful, razor-sharp naked-eye vision. (I'm in my '50s still.) You can't get that with an external lens. Distance vision is easily correctable and not nearly so demanding. B

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On Aug 10, 2016, at 4:53 PM, Linda Heagy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi everyone. I have been a member for some years now but rarely take part in the discussions although I have enjoyed and benefited from your great comments.

To fill you in on my background, I am 70 years old. Been a professional artist my whole life. I started out as a Fashion Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Art Director and Creative Director. Helped a friend establish Houragency Inc. (an ad agency in Ithaca, N.Y, back in the ‘70’s),  then moved to Florida where I had my own Creative Studio in Coral Gables, FL.

Moved to Texas for a position as Art Director at Neiman Marcus in Dallas. Then left Advertising profession to pursue a Horticultural degree and eventually became a scientific botanical illustrator and designer of Floras.

Now, to my main reason for contacting my fellow members.
I have always had keen vision up-close but used glasses to see far away. However, now I use reading glasses on my up-close work and for reading fine print.

At 70 I (like many others my age) have cataracts developing. Specifically in my right eye. My Doctor is telling me I need the surgery to remove cataract and replace with a lenses and is asking me would I prefer one to see far away or one to see close.  As artists, you know my answer would be BOTH!

As artists, would not the logical answer be BOTH lenses: One for far away and one for up close. My doctor says they can put in both but Medicare and my supplemental insurance will not pay or the 2nd lens.

Question to you out there who have had the surgery and the same natural close up vision:

How much was the cost of the second lens?

Did the surgery successfully work for both up close and far away vision?

Was there an adjustment time?

Any other comments to share with me that might be helpful re: this discussion?

Linny Heagy
DBA: Linny/Designer, Illustrator
Arlington, TX


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