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Lasik has a real risk of loss of contrast and "bloom" at night. I also need an rx and I've probably tried everything, there's no one perfect solution. My usual glasses are progressive with photosensitive tint, so "one size fits all" or none as the case may be. They work well enough at arm's length but I still prefer to take take them off for reading up close.
I've also found a compromise in contact lenses (no need to wipe salt spray, which scratches plastic unless you wet wipe then dry) with my choice of sunglasses over them--and you cna buy off the shelf, sunglasses with READERS added into them these days. $15 and up at flea markets and drugstores. I have a plastic (like "colorforms") reader set on some of my sunglasses, folks don't believe how crisp they are unless they try them, then they mistake them for glass lenses.
So one solution is whatever you use, buy the plastic stick-on readers and add them. If for no other reason than beause you can position them as high or as low as you want, get it where it works for you, and THEN tell the optician "Make my bifocals THIS WAY this is how I like it."
As they say in real estate, position is everything. (Or is that the Kama Sutra?)
The progressives (Varilux) with sun tint never get as dark as real sniper's sunglasses, they're a compromise. And they're always slow to turn. Costco sells another company's version for about 1/2 price, and as I explained to my optician, I've done business with him for a long time, I want to keep doing business with him, but the prices...And yes, he readily agreed to nearly meet the discounter's prices--on the same branded lenses.
What did Shakespeare say? A pox on all their houses? All you can do is try the options. the new contact lenses are almost like water, very comfortable. $75 appointment, free trail pair, $30 for the colorforms to add to your favorite non-rx sunglasses...it's an experiment.