“MONOVISION” WITH CONTACTS OR LASIK By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
Monowhat? Monovision is a way to avoid reading glasses for those who wear contact lenses or are considering LASIK Vision Correction. What we do with monovision is maximize your distance vision in one eye and your near vision in the other. Before you say: "That sounds crazy," let me explain further.
If you have reached your mid-forties you already understand that something is happening to your near vision. You cannot see far-away and close-up with the same glasses. If you are wearing contact lenses you may be starting to wear drug store reading glasses ("cheaters") over the contacts to read. This is called presbyopia and is really unavoidable.
One way around the reading glasses is to weaken the contact lens power in your non-dominant eye to improve your reading vision. This does not mean that you have to close one eye to see close and the other to see far-away. You just look naturally with both eyes open and most people adjust quite well. But not everyone likes monovision - the only way to tell is to give it a try.
The real advantage of monovison, whether with contacts or LASIK, is the ability to read without having to hunt down your "cheaters." The disadvantage is a slight loss of depth perception. So it is a trade-off. Why not try it and see if it works for you and your lifestyle?
If you end up liking monovision in contacts then you might consider this for LASIK Vision Correction. Endless possibilities!
Dr. Mark German is accepting patients of all ages into his practice. His colleagues at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals are Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto.
For more eye care information, visit www.LakeShoreVision.com or call 262-241-1919.