If you’re over fifty, you are not going to get a vision correction surgery result that gives you back the vision you had when you were thirty. It’s as simple as that. Your eyes change in your mid-forties and need some extra help with focusing up close.
What is blended vision?
We get around that problem for our patients by providing a new way of seeing. It’s called blended vision (or monovision) and that’s how my eyes work since I’ve had my own procedure. My dominant (right) eye sees clearly in the distance and my perception is that my distance vision is clear with both eyes. It feels normal – i.e. I have 20/20 vision. However, if I cover my right eye and look in the distance it is a bit blurred. I have deliberately chosen to have my left eye a bit short-sighted so that it can help me out with most of my reading tasks. Certainly using a computer, reading patient files, and all the general day-to-day stuff is fine for me without glasses. But there is some compromise. I have a pair of reading glasses that I use for reading in poor light.
Does blended vision (or monovision) work for everyone?
This option is very successful for most people. At the initial consultation, we give our patients a ‘test-drive’, where they try out the end result by wearing a pair of ultra-thin, comfortable soft contact lenses for an hour or two. Our staff put the lenses in and you would barely notice they were there, they are so comfortable. It allows you to go for a coffee or a walk and trial what your vision would be like if you had the procedure. Most people love it and they accept the compromise. But, like everything else in life, it’s not for everyone. We even give our over-forty-five-year-old patients a questionnaire where they have to rate their own personality type on a scale that goes from ‘easy-going’ on one end to ‘perfectionist’ on the other!