If you have presbyopia and are looking to be fit with contact lenses, your eye doctor may recommend a monovision contact lenses fit. Monovision isn’t a specific type of contact lens. Instead, it means that your eye doctor will correct one of your eyes for the distance and the other eye for up close.
How does monovision work?
First, your eye doctor will fit your dominant eye to see clearly far away. This eye will be used for activities like driving or watching TV. The other eye, your non-dominant eye, is corrected to see things clearly up close. This eye will allow you to see things like a computer, phone or a book.
While this may sound complicated, monovision contact lens wearers adapt to use their eyes this way naturally. Also, a monovision contact lenses fit can be done using soft, hard or hybrid contact lenses.
Multifocal contact lenses
Truth be told, monovision isn’t for everyone. Instead, many patients who have presbyopia are fit initially into multifocal contact lenses.
Multifocal contact lenses use a special design to allow both of your eyes to see clearly at both distance and near. With your eyes working together, multifocal contact lenses allow you to see most things without the need for reading glasses.
When monovision works best
Although multifocal contact lenses have increased in popularity, monovision contact lenses remain a good fit for people who have a high amount of astigmatism or experienced poor vision with multifocal contact lenses.
Regardless, monovision contact lenses work best in bright lighting conditions. Also, they often require a week or two of wearing for you to know if they’re going to work well with your lifestyle.
Curious if you’re a candidate for a monovision contact lens fit? What are you waiting for? Make sure to schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today!