What is Monovision?
Monovision is a form of laser eye surgery that Perfect Vision uses to alter the specific focusing power of each eye. One eye will be adjusted to allow the patient to view items at close range; the other will be adjusted to see objects at a distance; this is commonly referred to as ‘blended vision’. Over time the brain perceptually learns to blend the gap between the two providing comfortable, clear vision.
This is the most promising treatment method for individuals suffering from presbyopia, a condition that occurs with age and impacts people’s ability to view objects at close range. The surgery is suited for people over the age of 40 and is a great alternative to multi-focal glasses or contact lenses.
Monovision treatment may compromise an individual’s ability to see at great distances, making objects in the distance seem slightly hazy.
How is Monovision treated?
The Monovision procedure uses laser technology to treat presbyopia, removing the need for any multifocal glasses. Using the iLASIK technology available at Perfect Vision, each eye will be adjusted. Based on the 3D mapping blueprint the iLASIK technology provides, Perfect Vision surgeons will determine the alterations they need to make to each cornea to provide monovision.
With this technique we will fully correct the distance vision of one of the eyes and then purposively reduce the visual capacity of the other, making it slightly nearsighted. The fully corrected eye allows the patient to see at a distance, while the other is responsible for sharpening vision for close objects. Together they compromise to deliver a range of sight for sufferers of presbyopia.
Am I suitable for this procedure?
If you are over 40 and suffer from presbyopia than Monovision is a viable option for individuals looking to prolong their eyesight without the aid of glasses. iLASIK Monovision surgery performed by Perfect Vision is considered one of the safest options.
It’s also important to consider whether or not the possibility of having long-distance viewing slightly decreased affects your capacity to do certain tasks. For example, people participating in high-performance sports might find their vision capabilities reduced, affecting their abilities. If you are uncertain about undergoing the Monovision treatment, Perfect Vision provide the option of Monovision contact lenses that can help you determine whether they are right for you or not.
Are there risks with this procedure?
No medical procedure is without risk. However, at Perfect Vision Laser Correction, we undergo extensive consultation with our patients to make sure they understand the risks. Also, the iLASIK system implements the latest in refractive laser treatment technology, providing precise and safe laser treatment.
Is it painful?
The majority of patients feel no pain. A local anaesthetic is used to relax patients without putting them to sleep, and a guard is used to help keep the eyelids open during the procedure.
Can I drive after the procedure?
You will be required not to drive for a minimum of 24 hours after the procedure.We advise that you arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure. Upon examination the day after your treatment, you will be given a better indication as to when it will be safe to drive. Most patients find they are okay to drive after the first 24 hours have passed.
How will I feel after the procedure?
Due to the local anaesthetic, you will feel drowsy. This feeling is normal for the following few hours after your procedure. We keep you rested on recliners until you feel ready to make your way home. You will be given some food, and our nurses will check your medical status to ensure that you are fit to leave the theatre. We advise that you go home and rest until we see you the following day.
Is there anything that I will not be able to do after the procedure?
- You will not be able to drive for a minimum of 24 hours after your procedure.
- We advise that you do not swim for 2 weeks and do not use eye make-up for a week post-operatively.
- You will be required to wear clear plastic eye shields post-operatively for 3 nights as you sleep. You will be able to see through the shields.
- Sunglasses are suggested outdoors for the first week post-operatively. Windy, dusty or dirty environments should be avoided for the first week.
- No contact sport for 4 weeks.
- There are no restrictions regarding heavy lifting or exercise after the first 24 hours have passed.
- You may watch television or read after the procedure. Although you may find vision initially blurred, watching tv or reading will not harm the eyes.
- You will be able to bath or shower as normal, just avoid soap and water from entering your eyes.
- Initially after the procedure, you may experience some haloes around lights at night and glare. This effect is typical and can take some time to resolve.
- It is not advisable to fly on a plane for a minimum of 24 hours following your procedure. It is preferable that you stay in the country within the first 2 weeks post-operatively.
Here at Perfect Vision we have an immense amount of faith in our surgeons to provide excellent results. We believe that our surgeons provide treatment that lasts long-term, resulting in patients maintaining excellent eyesight for years to come. We want our patients to be as happy as possible with the results and intend to help them maintain the best possible vision for as long as possible through our commitment program.