Monovision is not for everyone, but many people can adapt to it easily. Once a patient is accustomed to monovision they often don't notice that they are using one eye for distance and one eye for near. Monovision contact lenses can create good vision for both near and far in many patients. Although the powers used in a monovision contact lens prescription are different, the contacts used for monovision are the same as regular soft contact lenses. That means that patients with monovision have a wide range of contacts available, and patients with high prescriptions or astigmatism can still do monovision.
Monovision does have some drawbacks. Sometimes the distraction of having one eye blurred and one eye cleared makes overall vision less clear for the patient. Additionally, as a patient grows older their eyes will continue to lose more of their ability to focus on close objects. Eventually the eye with the prescription for reading will only work at a very specific distance and the patient may have to choose between seeing clearly for reading and seeing their computer screen clearly.
Ask our doctors if monovision contact lenses are right for you! Our doctors are experienced with fitting contact lenses and are happy to take the time to get your prescription right. Monovision prescriptions are more complicated than regular contact lens prescriptions, so they often take some follow-up visits. We provide these follow up visits at no charge! Click here
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Multifocal Contact Lenses
If a patient isn't interested in having one eye for distance and one eye for near, there are multifocal contact lenses that can grant near and far vision in both eyes. Multifocal contact lenses have different prescriptions in different parts of the lens just like bifocal or progressive addition spectacle lenses do. The selection of multifocal contact lenses is not as wide as for regular single vision contacts, but there are still many different brands to try for best comfort and vision.
Distance-Only Contact Lenses
Multifocal contacts and monovision contacts both often involve some compromises in clarity to achieve good distance and near vision. An option available to patients over forty who are most concerned with distance vision is to continue using contact lenses that correct for distance vision and do not help with near vision. Patients with presbyopia who choose to go with distance contacts often will wear reading glasses over their contacts when they need to read, sew, or use a computer. Since the contacts are already correcting the patient's vision, the patient can often use cheap over the counter reading glasses instead of needing to buy prescription reading glasses.