For people over the age of 40 who are considering laser vision correction, Monovision LASIK is another option. After the age of 40, we begin to lose the ability to focus the lens of our eyes, thus resulting in the need for reading glasses. This is not caused by disease or illness – it is just a natural part of the aging process.
When the ability to focus is lost, the eyes cannot adjust or focus images at different distances. This issue is called Presbyopia. Bifocal glasses are usually prescribed to correct this, enabling vision to be acceptable for both distance and near vision. Presbyopia can also be corrected with Monovision LASIK. In this laser procedure, one eye is corrected for distance and one eye for near vision. Typically, the eye that is corrected for distance is the dominant eye.
Are You A Candidate?
To determine if monovision LASIK is the right procedure, our doctors will first have a candidate wear a contact lens that corrects for reading vision in one eye and distance vision in the other eye, for a week. If they are comfortable with the adjustment of using one eye for distance and one eye for near vision, then your surgeon, either Dr. Nielsen or Dr. Moreira, will proceed Monovision LASIK.
To learn more about Monovision LASIK at our Boston-area practice, please contact The Nielsen Eye Center to schedule your private consultation.