As we age, our vision and focusing abilities decrease. This naturally occurring condition is a consequence of aging and is called presbyopia. Presbyopia occurs when the eye’s lens becomes less flexible, reducing its ability to easily adjust to a near focus.
Monovision surgery, available at Milan Eye Center in metro Atlanta, is an option for individuals with vision difficulties or who have been diagnosed with cataracts. Read below for more information about monovision.
People can obtain monovision with contact lenses, LASIK surgery, or lens implants. With monovision, one eye remains focused at a distance while the other is focused for near. Each eye is working constantly and eventually the brain adapts and learns to choose the better image from either eye. People considering monovision should try out monovision with contact lenses for a week or two before committing to a surgical procedure.
LASIK and intraocular implant surgeries are both available for monovision.
Prior to either procedure, a doctor will examine your eyes to make sure they are healthy enough to undergo surgery. If necessary, further testing and measurements may be done to understand your prescription.
LASIK surgery only requires numbing drops to be applied to the eyes. After your eyes are numbed, a laser will create a circular flap on top of the cornea. Another laser then reshapes the cornea. The flap is put back in place and the eye heals over the period of a couple days, eventually allowing light to be focused accurately. The entire procedure takes about 15-20 minutes for both eyes.
Another surgical monovision procedure uses implants, a popular option for patients with cataracts.
A small incisions are made, and the natural, aging lens of the eye is removed. An intraocular lens implant made of silicone or acrylic is then inserted which will fully treat one eye for distance. The other eye will then be corrected with an implant for near vision. Cataract surgery usually only takes about 20 minutes and are minimally painful, only requiring topical anesthetic.
Both LASIK and cataract surgeries are outpatient procedures. Blurry vision and minimal irritation can be expected but is very temporary. Usually patients can return to normal activities after a day or two of resting. Because the brain has to learn to adapt to the new vision changes, it may take several weeks or months for the full effects to be obtained.
Undergoing a monovision procedure may compromise vision sharpness, but it gives people the ability to read and scan items without corrective eyewear. Both of these surgeries do not require maintenance and have high success rates.
Each eye will differ, so monovision may not be appropriate for people who play sports like tennis or baseball, which require both eyes to focus at the same distance. Monovision is also not ideal for certain occupations that entail reading a lot of fine print or doing a lot of computer work.
Monovision is a practical answer to patients over 40 who are experiencing vision problems related to cataracts or presbyopia. Either one of these procedures will reduce your dependency on corrective glasses.
The board-certified eye surgeons at Milan Eye Center are experts in diagnosing, treating, and performing procedures related to numerous eye conditions. If you are suffering from presbyopia or cataracts, a monovision procedure may be able to help. One of our physicians can determine if this corrective technique is right for you.
Milan Eye Center has multiple convenient locations around the metro Atlanta area. Fill out our online contact form or call (678) 381-2020 to make an appointment with a board-certified eye surgeon about your options for better vision.
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