yes, yes, yes. I am very near sighted (-8 diopters, very slight astigmatisms) and once I turned 40 I had trouble focusing close up (with my glasses or contacts) because of that age thing (stiffer corneas and weaker iris muscles). After a couple pairs of progressive bi-focal glasses I have gone to 2 sets of fixed glasses for most use: 1 pair at -8 for distance and 1 pair at -6 for "office" use (equivalent for you far-sighted people of +2). By biggest problem with bi-focal glasses is that I had to hold my head up to use them: I want to look straight ahead for computer work and general reading, and holding my head up hurts my neck.
I still use my older bi-focal glasses for around the house, in the yard, working on cars, etc.
Sometimes I'm caught with only my distance glasses when I want to read something close up, so I either pull the glasses away from my eyes or just look over them (or take them off, I can see perfectly at 4 to 6 inches).
And AR coatings: I have oily skin so I wash my glasses at least 2 times a day. The AR coating starts to flake off after about 2 years, I have stopped getting it. Unfortunately I had to go to a less refractive plastic because it was harder so that they wouldn't force the AR coating. But I can live with that. I've been seeing reflections all of my life.
Between fixed lenses and no AR coating, the costs for my glasses have dropped dramatically.