Many of our vision correction patients have been pleased with the monovision alternative that makes it possible to see both near and far without glasses.
To achieve monovision, one eye is focused for distance vision, while the other eye is focused for near vision. Both eyes work together, but the brain quickly learns to tune in only the image that you want to see at any given distance and to suppress or ignore the blurry vision in the eye that is out of focus.
Most people adapt immediately to monovision, while others find the experience similar to that of adjusting to a new pair of glasses. The eyes are not harmed in any way, and there is no interruption of peripheral vision.
Monovision is a viable alternative to bifocals or reading glasses without significant loss of depth perception. In fact, the visual requirements for a driver’s license fall well within the visual standards we set for monovision. Some drivers, however, may prefer driving glasses to achieve better distance vision for driving at dusk or on rainy nights.
Anyone who requires a prescription for near or reading vision is a good candidate for monovision. An eye surgeon can achieve the same monovision effect by using LASIK laser vision correction.