“Can’t I just wear cheap dollar-store readers after my cataract surgery?”
Over-the-counter reading glasses will not hurt your eyes. This is not a health question.
It is a pet peeve of mine that surgeons will sometimes say… “You will only need drug-store readers after surgery”. I feel that this is an unfortunate communication for two reasons.
#1 - There is always a better optical correction than drug-store readers! Whether it be the optics of the lens, a minor astigmatism correction, right/left Rx differences, prism or multifocal functionality of the lens… pre-fab readers are the most unevolved correction available. There are plenty of superior options.
#2 – When a patient hears that they only need reading glasses… that can get translated to … “I do not need an annual eye exam”. This is dangerous because glaucoma and macular degeneration and other eye problems are independent of cataract. They should be checked too!