Monovision is an option to reduce the need for reading glasses or bifocals for people experiencing presbyopia.
Presbyopia is the gradual loss of your eyes’ ability to focus on nearby objects and it becomes more noticeable after the age of 40. This is typically corrected with bifocal glasses, reading glasses or contact lenses.
With monovision, one eye is fit with a contact lens for distance (if needed) and the other eye is fit with a contact lens for near, providing clear vision for both distance and near vision. The lens for distance is usually worn on your dominant eye. This doesn’t eliminate the need for reading glasses but will lessen your dependency on them because there may be certain times when reading glasses are helpful.
Monovision is not for everyone, especially for people that require the sharpest vision possible for distance or near vision. With monovision, depth perception is decreased affecting people with certain occupations and lifesyles. Monovision is a compromise between clarity at distance or near but at the same time it can provide adequate clear and comfortable vision.
Monovision and Surgery
If you are considering laser vision correction (LASIK), a refractive lens exchange or need cataract surgery you can achieve the same monovision results as you did with contact lenses. The correction is made during surgery by correcting the dominant eye for distance and the other eye for near vision. Making sure a patient is able to test this out with contact lenses first is important since not everyone is a good candidate for monovision.
At Jenkins Eye Care we will discuss all of your options at your initial consultation. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.