your near focal point is nearer than my typical desktop computer monitor focus) and artists have more demands on their vision than others so I can understand the concerns.
With either monofocals or the Symfony you'd likely need to use some monovision, it would just be much less with the Symfony which would retain more stereopsis since you'd use both eyes for more of the range.
I figured that at my age I hopefully may be using these lenses for a few decades so it was worth a bit of effort to get a better lens.
There is no perfect lens, so its partly a matter of placing a bet on which might work out well, and I figured that it was better to bet on something that didn't require the accommodation to work (in addition to other concerns regarding problems people have with the Crystalens, though those may be fewer in the newest versions).
I hadn't searched to find the study behind the figure in this presentation, but it notes: that about half of Crystalens patients require reading correction.
I had originally only planned on having 1 eye done (since the other was 20/20 correctible still), but when the patch came off the next day I discovered it might be hard to adapt to the difference in vision between the two eyes even with a contact lens in the other eye.
I might have quickly adapted if I'd taken the time, but I decided I didn't want to risk it, so I had the 2nd eye operated on a few hours later.
That may be in part because as it notes: ' "Pushing” does not equal “Sustaining” '.
This issue is that someone with their natural lens still who is presbyopic for instance may be able to theoretically read a particular print size without glasses, but that the muscle effort to focus may be a strain to do for an extended period of time, and the Crystalens at least partly seems to require the same sort of accommodative effort.My intermediate vision hasn't been tested explicitly but I suspect is at least 20/20.That is based on my subjective sense of it being better than near and because of the design of this lens where visual acuity drops off in a continuous curve from far to near, so intermediate should be around the same as far, definitely better then near.I'd posted before asking for information about lens options before surgery, but thought I'd start a new thread now that I've gotten the lens where perhaps others can add their results as well with the Symfony lens.It is a new type of "extended depth of focus" lens that uses a different design than multifocal and accommodating lenses.The 17" distance is around the distance where on average a Symfony lens set for distance starts to see visual acuity drop a bit.