Monovision Contacts Options
Hi - I'm hoping a professional who understands the options can help me with my monovision situation and tell me which options make sense.
I've been using monovision B&L Torics for several years and am finally tired of the fact that there's so much compromise involved. My nearsightedness is about -6 and -4.5.
My right eye (-6) is dominant and has been my distance eye in monovision, with my left doing near distance with about +2 for the presbyopia. I have a small amount of cylinder taking care of the astigmatism. With the monovision lenses, my distance clarity is especially weakened at night, so much so that I resort to glasses for night driving.
On the other hand, the correction for near vision in the other eye doesn't really do the job for really close work. (With my basic bifocal glasses, I have great distance and close vision) One of the great things about the monovision contacts is the balance between the two eyes allows for good medium-distance vision for computer use.
I'm ready to see if I can improve the monovision distance by making the other eye mid-range, with a +1 instead of the current +2. If I do this, I hope to have better distance clarity and will still have good mid-range but poor short-range vision (reading) unless I add reading glasses. So - my question is, what type of reading glasses will I need to use to allow me to see up close? If I use full-screen drugstore glasses of +1, I guess my distance eye would become mid-range, and my mid-range mono eye becomes close-range .... but is that reasonable and acceptable? Should I instead consider bifocal glasses that are clear across the top but add +1 in one eye and +2 in the other in the segment? In other words, looking straight ahead, I'd be looking only thru the contacts for distance and mid-range, but looking thru the segment I'd be seeing up close in both eyes? (+1 added to the mid-range mono gives me up close, and +2 in the distance eye also gives me up close). Do wither of these options make sense and are they supported by the professionals? Is there another combination I should consider?
Yes, with my astigmatism and the difference in Rx from one eye to the other, I know I won't see great with monovision, and I've lived the compromise for several years. Reading small print is much better with glasses, and seeing distance at night is also. If I try to improve one or the other with mono contacts, the other side suffers.... i.e., improving distance kills near vision, and improving near vision makes distance worse.
Help! And thanks!