Laser Vision SA Reception Area

Mono Vision

Monovision is one option for people approaching or past the age of 45 years, who wish to have good distance and good reading vision without glasses.

Dr Graham Fraenkel, Ophthalmologist and Medical Director at Laser Vision SA provides a simple to understand explanation and information about Monovision. 

For monovision we focus your distance dominant eye for distance and the other eye for near.  This may sound strange but in fact works very well for 90% of people. It works because your brain can learn to blend different information from each eye into one visual perception of the world. This learning process usually takes 3-4 weeks, sometimes a little longer. 

Test drive Monovision

How do you know that monovision can work for you?

You can “test drive” monovision using at the optometrist, or here at Laser Vision SA using spectacles or even better with contact lenses. You don’t have to be concerned about the inconvenience or discomfort of putting contacts in or taking them out. For a short contact lens trial you can usually leave the contact lenses in overnight for just a few nights. 

If during this trial you feel dizzy, nauseated, out of balance, or your vision just isn’t good enough, then monovision is not for you. 

Most patients find that during a short trial of monvision, their vision meets most of their needs and is acceptable, although there may be a sense that it will take 3-4 weeks to really get used to it. 

Monovision can be performed with any laser vision correction such as PRK, Lasik or SMILE, or with clear lens extraction or cataract surgery. 

Whilst monovision can reduce your need for glasses or contact lenses, we do not pretend monovision can eradicate the need for them 100%. As monovision is a compromise between distance and close vision, you may occasionally need glasses for extremes of distance or near vision. Examples could be driving at night in the rain for distance, or threading a needle for near. However most monovision patients can perform approximately 95% of visual tasks without spectacles. 

You will also find that when your brain is tired for example early mornings or late nights, you will become a little more aware your distance eye struggles for reading and your reading eye for distance. This is perfectly normal. 

If you have any further questions about Laser Vision correction or monovision, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Laser Vison SA on 08 83592422 or via