Monovision

 
Man with son pointing in distance

Monovision (or blended vision) is not a procedure but rather an approach for treating presbyopia. As part of the normal aging process beginning in the mid-40s, the lens in the eye starts to lose its flexibility, making near vision blurred. When this happens, people find they need to use reading glasses or bifocals to restore close up vision.

Monovision is a technique whereby the non-dominant eye is corrected for near vision, and the dominant eye is corrected for distance vision. The brain learns to integrate the optical signals, and the monovision patient thus enjoys both near and distance vision.

Monovision is a simple, effective alternative for people 40+ who want to reduce or eliminate their dependence on eyeglasses and contact lenses, but it is not for everyone. A small portion of the population cannot adjust to monovision, and for them, it would not be a good choice. At Herschel LASIK, our patients participate in a simple test prior to surgery that simulates monovision. Using contact lenses, the test gives our patients the opportunity to try out monovision in their normal activities to see if it feels natural and comfortable.

For the majority of patients who do adjust well to monovision and who do not want to rely on contacts and glasses for clear vision, monovision can be achieved with LASIK, PRK or Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)/Refractive Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery (ReLACS) and premium IOLs.

Monovision Achieved with LASIK / PRK

LASIK/PRK can be used to achieve monovision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or astigmatic. Both eyes are treated with LASIK/PRK; the non-dominant eye is corrected for near vision, and the dominant eye is fully corrected for distance vision. The eyes work together (with the brain) to give clear vision, both near and distance.

Monovision Achieved with Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) or Refractive Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery (RELACS) and Premium IOL’s

Monovision can also be achieved with premium lenses at the time of Refractive Lens Exchange or Refractive Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery. After the clear lens or cataract is removed, a toric or aspheric IOL is inserted in its place. The non-dominant eye is treated for near vision and the dominant eye for distance vision. Again, the eyes work together to give clear vision, both near and distance.

If monovision does not feel comfortable, there are other options available to our patients to help them achieve their best possible vision. One alternative would be to have LASIK to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism in both eyes for distance and wear reading glasses as needed for near vision. Another alternative would be to have RLE or ReLACS with multifocal IOLs.

There are many options for monovision. Dr. Herschel will perform a comprehensive eye exam and get to know you, your lifestyle, and your vision goals to determine which monovision option is best for you.

Who Is a Candidate for Monovision

Anyone in their late 30s or 40+ with healthy eyes who has a problem with near vision and for whom monovision is natural and comfortable

Anyone in their late 30s or 40+ with healthy eyes who has good near vision but a problem with distance vision and for whom monovision is natural and comfortable

Those who know choose Herschel LASIK and Cataract Institute

Beautiful office. Amazing and caring staff. Getting my surgery done Saturday and the Doctor and the staff helped choose the right option for me and I didn't feel pushed to commit. One of the only few who commits the patient to a dry eye treatment as per my research. Post-surgery I hope to keep my 5 star rating because I have nothing bad to say!

Yogi Nayyar (Google), February 2020

I recently did my LASIK procedure about 1 week ago and was completely blown away from beginning to end with the SERVICE received from the entire staff at Herschel LASIK. The office is beautifully decorated and the staff was always professional, personable, knowledgeable and friendly. I particularly enjoyed the way that everything was explained clearly before, during and after my procedure and questions were always encouraged and answered. My experience was the best encounter to date with a physician. Excellent doctor + excellent support staff +excellent service = excellent experience and a happy customer. Thank you so much Dr. Herschel, Doris and Francesca.

Vernicia Sturrup (Google), September 2019

Great service, sometimes a bit of a wait, but I take a full lobby as a sign of a well recommended doctor. Staff is friendly & quick to answerphones & squeeze me in when I got an eye problem. Would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting to get LASIK. Doctor even personally called to check on me the night after my procedure.

Stephanie G. (Yelp), January 2020

I got my LASIK procedure done here. I was apprehensive, mostly because anything to do with my eyes kind of freaked me out.
I went under a free consultation. The nurses/assistants were very nice and they answered any questions I had. Then I met Dr. Herschel and he was very nice and understanding. He explained all that would happen, how everything works, how long recovery will be, everything.
So, I agreed and start the process. I love the fact you always meet with Dr. Herschel at every appointment.
I now have 20/20 vision.
I'd highly recommend going to him for all of your vision needs.

Kelsea K. (Yelp), November 2019

Great surgeon and great staff. Do your research, Dr. Herschel is more than just a LASIK surgeon. He is certified and specializes in all areas of eye surgery so have peace of mind that you are getting one of the best. They use current technology and machines. More so, if your eyes aren’t ready for surgery he has no problem delaying 1-2 weeks until they are 100% good-to-go. He will not risk your health for the sake of money.

Dave T. (Yelp)
Are You a LASIK Candidate?
Schedule FREE Consultation
LASIK Savings Calculator