During childhood, people with normal visionhave the ability to focus on near objects as well as on objects that are far away. They can switch focus from near to far vision allowing a continuous range of vision. This is called accommodation. With increasing age, that ability to focus and to switch focus decreases. By the time most people reach their forties, they need an aid, such as reading glasses or bifocals, to focus on objects close up. This condition is called presbyopia.
Monovision is a technique where one eye (usually the dominant eye) is corrected for clear distance vision, and the other eye is corrected for near vision. This allows a person to see close objects clearly with the non-dominant eye and distance objects with the dominant eye. With both eyes open, the brain fuses the good near vision from one eye and the clear distance vision from the other eye to see well enough both at distance and near to do things at any age without corrective lenses.
Monovision can be achieved with contact lenses or with vision correction procedures by correcting the non-dominant eye for near vision and the dominant eye for distance vision. If you are considering a vision correction procedure and if you are close to 40 years of age or older, you might be a candidate for monovision. Your doctor can put you into monovision contact lenses so you can try it before you permanently correct your eyes with monovision.
Most people get used to monovision after a few weeks of trial and enjoy clarity of vision at near and far without glasses.
If you are in the appropriate age group and are considering laser vision correction, ask Dr. Abbas to see if monovision is a good option for you.
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