Monovision laser surgery corrects one eye for distance vision and one eye for near vision. In Monovision, the distance eye will do most of the work when looking at objects in the distance such as when driving or watching TV, and the near vision eye will do most of the work when looking at close objects like a computer screen or a book. Yet, your brain selects the correct eye automatically and seamlessly switches between the two.
We will conduct a contact lens trial to see if you will like monovision prior to laser correction. Patients will simulate the Monovision for a few days with these lenses until they are confident in their decision.
A monofocal intraocular lens is the most common type of implant used in cataract surgery. It provides clear vision at one focal point only. The power can be selected so you can see either clearly in the distance or up close; but you will not be able to see both at the same time in the same eye. Your options with a monofocal lens are as followed:
- Both eyes are set to see at distance. You will need glasses to correct astigmatism. You will need glasses in order to read or see a computer screen at all times.
- One eye is set for distance and one eye is set for near (monovision). Vision is fairly good for distance and up close. You will need to wear glasses to fine tune distance or near. Intermediate or computer vision (3 – 5 feet) is poor. You will need glasses to see the computer screen.