If you have presbyopia and are unsuitable for other procedures, our surgeons may suggest producing monovision. To produce monovision, the dominant eye is focused for distance vision, and the non-dominant eye is focused for near vision. This means that the farsighted eye will do most of the work when looking at objects far away, and the nearsighted eye will do most of the work when looking at objects close by. Monovision can be achieved through contact lenses, refractive surgery, or intraocular lenses.
When considering monovision, it is important to realize that it is a compromise. Though it will allow you to see objects close up and far away, your vision will not be perfectly crisp at any distance. Most people experience a period of adjustment where their brain has to learn which eye is better for which task. Since monovision works better for some people than others, it is best to try monovision with contact lenses before undergoing permanent refractive surgery. Monovision is generally not recommended for people who require sharp distance or close up vision.
If you are interested in monovision and would like to find out if it is right for you, contact our laser eye surgery practice to set up a consultation.