Monovision Contact Lenses for Presbyopia: Are They Right for You?

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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.

In the video below, Dr. Ryan Corte discusses what you need to know before getting a monovision contact lens fit.

If you don’t like the video or want more information, continue reading.

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.

Soft contact lenses are most commonly used for monovision contact lens fits.

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.

RGP contact lenses can be used for monovision contact lens fits. Hybrid contact lenses can also be used for monovision contact lens fits.

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.

Multifocal contact lenses are a great way for people with presbyopia to see clear at all distances!

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!


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Ryan Corte, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte was born and raised in Novi, MI where he attended Novi High School. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science in 2008. He also attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012. Dr. Corte completed an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. During his residency, he obtained advanced clinical competency to practice optometry at the highest level as well as provided educational assistance and supervision of third and fourth year students as a clinical faculty member. He now practices just north of Charlotte, NC at Northlake Eye. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Corte has contributed to optometry through multiple leadership roles. He is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association and is currently serving on the Young ODs and Membership committee of the North Carolina Optometric Society Optometric. He also was a senior journalist for and is a co-founder of Dr. Corte thrives on involvement and looks forward to remaining very active throughout his professional career. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.