Our long nightmare is over
I had my contacts follow-up, and while I wasn't positive going in that this was the best possible prescription, decided to keep the second set of lenses. I hated giving back the first pair with their wonderful overall and distance vision, but the reading just didn't cut it.
Wearing the second set on the way there, large subway signs still looked fuzzy from afar. However, the standard eye test line of text on the office wall was clear and not improved by holding other lenses over my eye. The interns (I've had a team of 2 for the last few appointments) think my brain is just getting used to the switch in near and distance eyes and this could take 6-8 weeks. They also feel that strengthening the distance lens would compromise reading ability (as in the first pair).
And reading is pretty good. Better than good, they think. I could read tiny print in a pharmaceutical ad in People mag. I could read small captions on the anatomical eye diagram on the office wall. I could read numbers in the crossword grid (very important). I'll probably still wear reading glasses to the tournament; with monovision I'm really using one eye and the binocular vision of glasses will always be better.
I wondered how long I'll be able to continue with monovision since my recent kvetching shows it's more difficult than when I started about 10 years ago. Unfortunately, they said progressive bifocal astigmatic soft lenses that are accurate and easy to tolerate are about 5 years away. Hard lenses of this type are now available, but I've never worn hards and don't want to try. I've never even worn bifocal glasses, progressive or regular (I have separate reading glasses, distance glasses, and TV glasses which are just old distance glasses).
I've felt my eyes physically straining at times, but they think it's just part of the adjustment period. Good light is important. I'd noticed the Mighty Bright light helped considerably.
Entering the subway to go home, the signs seemed clearer. Maybe I'm learning to focus. There's a theory that vision quality can be controlled entirely by the mind, with the extreme case that no one really needs glasses if they train themselves to focus a certain way.
So the medical opinion is I can see just fine with the new lenses. Maybe I'll finally stop obsessing and learn to live with this (closing one eye and then the other...). Um, well, we'll see.