Monovision LASIK for Near Vision-Is It For You?

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Monovision LASIK for Near Vision


Presbyopia is a condition whereby the crystalline lens inside your eye that is typically soft and flexible begins to lose that flexibility and thus limit your ability to change focus from far to near and near to far. Patients with presbyopia typically report that their “arms are too short” and that near objects and reading material are becoming fuzzy or blurry.

For some patients, LASIK-which is mainly a type of laser eye surgery for correcting distance vision, does have some application in correcting near vision through a technique called monovision LASIK.  Monovision corrects one eye for distance and one eye for near. Thus, the need for glasses with two different focal lengths is resolved by focusing each eye at a different focal length. Monovision LASIK can be effective for some patients with the need for mild near vision correction. Depending on the amount of close work you do at work and for how long each day, monovision LASIK may be a good alternative. One way to get a sense of how you will do with monovision LASIK is to mimic the effect with a temporary pair of contact lenses.

To find out more about monovison LASIK and see if you might be a candidate for this type of near vision correction please feel free to phone Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 410.761.8258 to schedule an appointment for a LASIK consultation.