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What is Monovision?
Most of the times, after reaching the age of 40, most people experience difficulty seeing up close. This is called farsightedness. To help this age group see up close, monovision is recommended. This kind of treatment involves correcting the defect of the dominant eye so that it can see from afar. The non-dominant eye is left to be a little nearsighted. The dominant eye can see clearly at far distances while the less dominant eye can clearly see objects up close. This enables the patient to be able to see clearly on both cases without using eyeglasses or spectacles. . However, not all people with problems in their vision can tolerate this kind of correction.

Will I be able to tolerate Monovision?
You can use contact lenses before treatment to have an idea if you will be comfortable with monovision or not.

Will I still need glasses with Monovision?
Although monovision is convenient, it also has its disadvantages. Far vision may be imperfect, especially at night time and in areas that are not well-lit. Eye glasses may still be needed by some patients to correct the nearsightedness left in the eye that is not dominant so that they will feel at ease when engaging in activities at night like driving.

Near vision may only work well for limited periods of time. After long periods of reading, the clarity of vision decreases and the eyes get tired. To keep the eyes relaxed and to prevent them from getting tired, reading spectacles might be needed.

How long does it take to adjust to Monovision?
Adjusting to the after effects of monovision treatment may take time. Some patients may experience lots of discomforts in the first few weeks after the treatment like feeling unfocused, experiencing double vision, becoming irritated, feeling dizzy and naseu. Pain in the eye sockets and difficulty to keep the eyes open towards evening may be experienced. It might take several months for the body to completely adjust to the treatment. During this period, wearing spectacles or eyeglasses might be necessary. It is also important that the lenses of the spectacles or eyeglass be changed from time to time to correspond with the improvement in the vision as the eye becomes completely healed.

What if I am still having difficulty with Monovision after several months?
If this happens, your monovision treatment could be enhanced using traditional LASIK. Several enhancements can be performed provided that the thickness of the cornea would allow it. If not, then, other options must be considered. For this reason, performing another treatment must only be done when there is dire need for it.

By Amjad Khokhar