I had cataract surgery this past year and I can see distance just fine whereas close up is not good at all. I wear reading glasses bought at the pharmacy for reading and working bees. Still not perfect but the best I can do.
May or may not be helpful and I have good vision so I have no reason to try....
MAYBE take pictures of the frames with a good digital camera and then inspect the pictures. That should allow you to zoom in for more detail when needed. I try to get pictures of my inspections for this reason. I can zoom in and see better details and maybe see something I missed when I was looking the first time. I found my queen on a picture even tho I did not see her when I was in the hive.
I'll share my experience in case it helps...I also had retinal surgery; for a while due to cataracts I could only see eggs by taking my glasses off (glad I discovered that) and taking advantage of my new-sightedness. This year I had cataract surgery and new eyeglasses. I made sure the opthamologist knew that my goal was to be able to see eggs. I even took in books with pictures so he knew. With progressive lenses, I now see eggs fine.
I wear progressives (and really dislike them, btw) and am able to see eggs just fine. Perhaps you need an improved prescription? I have three focal areas, for distance, computer use, and reading. It's fairly natural to hold up a frame and look through the center, the area for computer distance. So if I want to look closely, I need to hold it down and look through the reading area. But if I really want to see detail, I use a camera. Even the camera on most smartphones will take pretty reasonable up-close photos.
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