Monovision Can Correct Presbyopia and Reduce Your Need for Reading Glasses

Monovision treatment is an excellent method to reduce or altogether eliminate the need for reading glasses, giving patients the ability to see objects both near and far. During this therapy, you can receive one contact lens to correct distance vision, one for up-close details, or one of each. We offer monovision treatment at Broberg Eye Care in Austin, TXOur doctors can help you determine whether monovision is an appropriate solution for you. 

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Presbyopia and Monovision

Presbyopia is an age-related condition that affects your ability to see objects and details close to you. The condition usually becomes apparent in your early to late 40s, although some patients may be affected as early as their late 30s. Eventually, most patients turn to reading glasses to help them see close objects or to read. Relying on glasses can be a hassle, and many patients prefer more independence from corrective eyewear. 

How Monovision Works

Monovision is a customizable treatment, typically used to address presbyopia. Most patients have a dominant eye, which is better at seeing objects in the distance, while the weaker eye is better at focusing on nearby objects. To treat presbyopia without reading glasses, we can fit your dominant eye with a contact lens that is suitable for seeing distances. This lens can sharpen far-off objects, which can help you when driving and performing other distance-related activities.

Our doctors can also fit your weaker eye with a lens that is suitable for viewing objects up close. This step will allow you to read and view your phone without the need for reading glasses or holding these objects farther from your face. It is important to note that you may experience some blurred vision in your dominant eye if you try to view nearby objects, and in your weaker eye if you try to view objects in the distance. However, when using both eyes, your brain will combine the images received from each eye, balancing your distance and close-up vision.

Monovision is an excellent treatment method to reduce or altogether eliminate the need for reading glasses, giving patients the ability to see objects both near and far.

Types of Monovision

We can customize your monovision treatment to fit your lifestyle, depending on the type of work and other activities you do. The specialized types of monovision we offer can include:

  • Computer monovision: This option is ideal for patients who do a lot of work on computers. With computer monovision, less magnification is used, making it ideal for mid-distance sight, such as the distance at which a typical computer monitor would sit. With this option, you may still require reading glasses to read printed documents or handheld devices.
  • Modified monovision: With this type of monovision, one contact lens is a bifocal. The weaker eye is fitted for this lens to see nearby objects with only part of the lens. The dominant eye is fitted with a standard lens to view objects in the distance. This option helps to better retain your depth perception and provides you with clearer distance vision.
  • Surgical monovision: For patients who desire a more permanent solution, we can perform LASIK surgery to improve your dominant eye’s ability to focus on objects in the distance and the weaker eye’s ability for close-up vision. We usually recommend that patients start with contact lenses first to determine whether monovision is something they want permanently. Some patients can also receive intraocular lenses (IOLs) to correct their eyesight with monovision.

Candidates for Monovision

If you are in your 30s or older, and are experiencing the effects of presbyopia, monovision treatment may be an appropriate solution for you. This treatment can reduce or even eliminate your need for reading glasses altogether.

Reduce Your Need for Reading Glasses

If you are suffering from presbyopia, contact our office today to schedule a consultation and discuss your monovision options. With our advanced eye treatments we can help you see more clearly and improve your quality of life.

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