Monovision LASIK for Near Vision-What is It?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Monovision LASIK for Near Vision

“As we all enter our 40’s it is quite typical to experience the onset of presbyopia-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,” commented Maine LASIK Surgeon and Corneal Specialist Ravi Shah, M.D. at Eyecare Medical Group in Portland. “Patients with presbyopia typically report that their “arms are too short” and that near objects and reading material are becoming fuzzy or blurry.”

Most often LASIK is performed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism in order to help patients see clearly at distance. However LASIK does have some application in correcting near vision through a technique called monovision LASIK. Monovision LASIK 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.

The best way for you or someone you know to find out if they are a good candidate for Monovision LASIK is to have an evaluation, examination and consultation at Eyecare Medical Group. Please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling us Toll Free at 888-374-2020.