No Glasses Needed? Monovision After Cataract Surgery



Do you find yourself squinting to read food labels, menus or your phone? You may have presbyopia, or "aging eye." As we age, the eye lens loses flexibility, and it becomes difficult to focus on close objects. There are many ways to treat presbyopia. Many people may opt to use a magnifying glass, reading glasses or prescription glasses.

Another option is called monovision or blended vision. This kind of vision can be achieved with contact lenses, LASIK (refractive surgery) or an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL).

How Monovision or Blended Vision Works

Everyone has a dominant eye. It is usually the eye that you prefer seeing with if you cover one eye. Your eye doctor can correct your dominant eye for distance vision and leave your non-dominant eye slightly nearsighted to use for seeing objects up close.

Even though it is called monovision, you are still using both eyes. Many people find monovision works well for them, and over time, they cannot tell which eye they use for near vision and which they use for distance vision.

Is Monovision Right for You?

Not everyone can adapt to monovision. Your ophthalmologist may recommend trying blended vision using contact lenses first before a surgical procedure like cataract surgery. In cataract surgery, a surgeon will remove the deteriorated, brittle lens and replace it with an artificial, intraocular lens customized to your vision needs. Often, cataract surgery can reduce dependence on glasses. In some cases, when people can adapt to monovision, they may not have to wear glasses.

Are There Any Downsides to Monovision?

Some people may lose some depth perception when one eye focuses on distance and the other eye focuses on close objects. Other people find they still need reading glasses to decipher small print.

Find an Ophthalmologist Near You

Are you considering cataract surgery, or would you like to reduce your dependence on glasses and corrective lenses? Our board-certified ophthalmologists are accepting new patients and are ready to assist you. Find an eye doctor near you to schedule a comprehensive eye exam. To maximize your health benefits, make your eye appointments before the end of the year when your deductible resets.