One of the most frustrating parts of the aging process can be the loss of our near vision. This condition, called presbyopia, affects all of us as we age. Even individuals who have never had vision problems, find it more difficult to read small print after the age of 40.
In the past, presbyopia was handled using reading glasses or multifocal eyeglasses (such as bifocals or progressive lenses). However, the need for reading glasses can now be reduced using Monovision LASIK surgery.
Monovision is best for individuals over the age of 40.
What is Monovision?
Monovision refractive eye surgery with a different refractive goal. During the procedure, your eye surgeon will fully correct the distance vision in one eye (typically your dominant eye) while intentionally making the other eye (the non-dominant eye) mildly nearsighted. This allows the mildly nearsighted eye to provide you with clearer near vision up close, while the other eye takes the lead on seeing distant objects clearly.
Though your two eyes will continue to work well together as a team, monovision may involve some compromises with distance and near vision. The majority of patients who undergo this procedure feel that the convenience of being able to see well at all distances is well worth the minor loss of clarity.
Before deciding if monovision is the right choice, many patients test it out on a trial basis using contact lenses. This allows them to experience monovision before deciding to go ahead with this procedure.