Monovision is a treatment option that refractive surgery offers to correct presbyopia and get rid of glasses after the age of 40.
Monovision is one of the options available to patients who want to treat their presbyopia with refractive surgery.
Presbyopia is an age-related eye condition that affects people over 40. It is caused by a loss of flexibility of the lens, i.e. the eye’s ability to focus on objects at different distances. Therefore, people affected by presbyopia find it increasingly difficult to have good close vision, thus ending up moving objects further away to help their eye to focus or having to wear glasses.
Under normal conditions, our eyes work together to deliver binocular vision. However, there is a “dominant” eye that the brain tends to favour while performing visual functions.
The Monovision technique
With the monovision technique, the patient’s eyes are treated differently: the dominant eye undergoes surgery aiming to achieve good distance vision, while the other eye is set for closer distances.
Prior to surgery, a test with special contact lenses – specifically designed to fit the patient’s eye type and curvature – is run to recreate the post-surgery result.
Monovision allows presbyopic patients to achieve a new visual balance and can be performed with any laser surgery technique (ReLEx SMILE, FemtoLASIK, PRK).
Monovision may cause some discomfort at first, as the brain may take from 1 to 3 months to learn how to adapt and synthesise the information from both eyes, automatically switching to the appropriate eye for each task (near or distant vision).
Dr. Angelo Appiotti, with over 30 years of experience, uses state-of-the-art techniques in the laser and surgical treatment of vision problems in patients and professional athletes, and is an authority in the field of refractive surgery in Europe.
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Dr. Appiotti performs laser eye surgery in state-of-the-art eye clinics in Milan or Verona. To make an appointment and determine whether you are a good candidate for the laser treatment available for your vision problem, please contact us by email or phone