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Presbyopia & Monovision

Presbyopia: It happens to everyone over 45 years old (give or take a couple years).


There’s a moving part in our eye called the crystalline lens. The lens is clear, about the shape of an M&M candy, and sits behind the colored part of our eye (the iris). Our lens flexes when we change focus from distant objects to near objects. In our mid-40s, this lens decreases in flexibility to the point that we have increasing difficulty seeing near objects. When this happens, glasses with bifocals help us focus on near objects, such as a book or computer.


While there is no current technology that can restore this flexibility, we will demonstrate an option called monovision, which can help us see both distant and near objects without reading glasses. This is a great way to be able to see without readers. With monovision, one eye (usually your dominant eye) focuses far away, and the other focuses up close. We will demonstrate this for you during your exam, and you can try it with contacts, too. It is not an option for everyone, but for many people it is a convenient way to see near and far without dependence on glasses. There is usually a period of adjustment, and if you decide it doesn’t suit you, the procedure can often be reversed for distance vision. We’ll discuss this important option with you in detail during your exam.