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Doctor insights on: Monovision Contacts Vs Glasses

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Does it work to wear reading glasses over monovision contacts to see computer?

Does it work to wear reading glasses over monovision contacts to see computer?

Not perfectly: Depending on the power of your mono vision, you may need a different glass prescription for each eye, so OTC readers likely won't work. A "computer" or intermediate range prescription can help and only use for mid-range (computer) work.

Dr. Tim Conrad
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My peripheral vision is better when I wear glasses instead of monovision contacts. Why would that be?

My peripheral vision is better when I wear glasses instead of monovision contacts. Why would that be?

Monocular vision : The convenience of being fitted in monofocal contacts is to lessen need for glasses, at the compromise of reduced stereopsis (binocular vision). However I find improvement in peripheral vision when wearing contacts for optimum distance (binocular) vision, versus glasses. Each contact lens individual determines whether the reduction of stereopsis is satisfactory for their daily functions.

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I wear monovision contacts and lose some depth perception when driving. Is it possible to wear glasses over the contacts to improve this when driving?

I wear monovision contacts and lose some depth perception when driving. Is it possible to wear glasses over the contacts to improve this when driving?

Yes: Glasses can be made with window glass over the distance eye and a correction for the near eye which renders it clear at distance. This is commonly done and helpful when driving at night or in the rain.

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Optometrists: progressive glasses after monovision cataract surgery. How do these work?

Optometrists: progressive glasses after monovision cataract surgery. How do these work?

The same: as they do before cataract surgery - by correcting both eyes for distance and having a progressively stronger column in the bottom of the glasses for close work. By allowing both eyes to see clearly at all distances, this should allow good vision for those activities in which the mono-vision correction is not adequate.

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Optometrists: progressive glasses after monovision cataract surgery, where can I get this?

Optometrists: progressive glasses after monovision cataract surgery, where can I get this?

Progressive glasses: Most any eyeMD or optometrist can give you a Rx for progressive glasses after monovison cataract surgery. MD or OD will determine what power is needed & if your brain will tolerate them if large difference in power between both eyes. More info at: eyedoc2020 blogspot com

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What are good alternatives to monovision contacts other than distance only w/readers. I use a computer at work with detailed work.

What are good alternatives to monovision contacts other than distance only w/readers. I use a computer at work with detailed work.

Multifocal contacts: There are many brands of multifocal contact lenses - some are optimized for computer distance. It would be worth a trial with a few brands.

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Dr said my vision has improved and lowered power in my monovision contacts. He said it can happen with age. I'm 59. Is that common?

Dr said my vision has improved and lowered power in my monovision contacts. He said it can happen with age. I'm 59. Is that common?

Yes: Prescriptions change over time. The elasticity of your cornea, the increasing density of your lens, and the accommodative ability of your eye muscle are all factors affecting your ability to see. Changing your prescription to accommodate your needs is common.

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Used monovision contacts for years& now want improved clarity & less glare with night driving. Are bifocal contacts a good alternative & comfortable?

Used monovision contacts for years& now want improved clarity & less glare with night driving. Are bifocal contacts a good alternative & comfortable?

Se an opthalmologist: Though worsening vision with aging can be due to amblyopia, macular generation and suboptimal control of glaucoma could also contribute. An opthalmologist will be in the best position to evaluate and advise.

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In monovision with contacts dr said my depth perception is lessened. How does this affect driving?

In monovision with contacts dr said my depth perception is lessened.  How does this affect driving?

With vision: Correction through use of contact lenses, your driving perception should not be affected significantly. You may need a little adjustment getting used to the new visual acuity. Take care! http://www.Eyehealthweb.Com/depth-perception/.

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Use progressive lenses and monovision contacts . When I cover one eye objects appear larger in one eye than the other. Why is that?

Use progressive lenses and monovision contacts . When I cover one eye objects appear larger in one eye than the other. Why is that?

Accidental telescope: The eye with the more minus contact lens sees the larger image because a minus lens acts as an eyepiece in a Galilean telescope, while the progressive bifocals act as the objective lens. This is of theoretical, but little practical value clinically. Either switch to bifocal contact lenses or correct both eyes for distance with the lenses and use over-the counter readers. Aniseikonia fixed.

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What is monovision treatment?

What is monovision treatment?

Not a treatment: Monovision is used for those in the presbyopic age (over 40 years). In this process a contact lens is placed in the right eye for distance and the left eye for near. Most adapt to this and it allows vision at near and far without the need for bifocals.

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Why my iol monovision implants keep changing?

Why my iol monovision implants keep changing?

IOL monovision: Changing vision with an IOL monovision usually is due to a tear film issue: meibomian gland dysfunction or dry eyes. Get a LipiScan to be sure glands look normal. Posterior capsular opacification (PCO) can also cause vision issues after cataract surgery. Consult with me either on HT or in my office in Rockville, MD.

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When is it appropriate to get monovision lasik?

When is it appropriate to get monovision lasik?

Depends: LASIK: Monovision lasik is appropriate: if patient has tried & is happy with monovision contact lenses, knows risks of loss of dept perception; &/or has tried monovision glasses. See a conservative, experienced eyemd who cares about what is best for you.

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Would you recommend monovision laser for a person that works all day with computers and read everyday for 30 minutes?

Would you recommend monovision laser for a person that works all day with computers and read everyday for 30 minutes?

Contacts first: Before considering a surgical procedure for vision correction, I would recommend a trial of monovision contact lenses measured to allow the near focus for the computer monitor, and the dominant distance eye fully corrected. If you're able to tolerate this well, as long as your eyes are suitable candidates for laser vision correction, the procedure maybe right for you. You still may need glasses.

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Work on computer all day, monovision laser procedure will be good for me? Far sight is very good.

Work on computer all day, monovision laser procedure will be good for me? Far sight is very good.

Monovision: An easy way to know if that is something you will like is to simulate the same thing with contact lenses. I would try that for a month and see how you like it. Most of the patients that chose monovision with me have already had that experience with contact lenses and were used to it. Ask your surgeon to see if that is a good option for you. Good luck.

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Read lasik not so good after 40. But read the average age for lasik is 39? Also read most fix distance and not choose monovision. What % choose mono?

Read lasik not so good after 40. But read the average age for lasik is 39? Also read most fix distance and not choose monovision. What % choose mono?

Lasik after 40: Lasik can be life-changing and offer FREEDOM from glasses. Lasik to give 20/20 distance vision usually can/will last forever but your eyes change. We all lose our focus power in our lens as we age whether we had perfect Lasik at 18 or not. This declining lens power is noticed about age 40 as decreased reading vision and most of us will just go buy some magnifying glasses to give us that power back

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