In early 2006, Lisa and I had monovision LASIK surgery at Restore Vision Centers in Central Oregon. The concept is simple and the results phenomenal. For monovision, LASIK surgery is done only on the dominant eye. The non-dominant eye had no correction done. Lisa has worn glasses most of her life and I’ve worn contacts or glasses for well over 20 years. Bifocals were never a favorite for me and I experimented with monovision using a single contact. That combination allowed me to see up close and distant with fairly good results.
The quick and painless LASIK surgery on the dominant eye proved to be even more successful than monovision with a contact. After Lisa saw how much I enjoyed the freedom from glasses or contacts and the rituals associated with them, she scheduled her monovision surgery about a month later.
Whether you’re across the room watching TV or sitting in front of a computer monitor, everything comes into focus. In very dim light we occasionally use cheaters for reading, but we did that before. Night driving was never comfortable with glasses or contacts; there was always a glare. Night driving with monovision is a significant improvement and while we thought we might need a “half pair” of glasses for night driving, we found that wasn’t necessary. In fact, the night sky (especially in Central Oregon) is a site to behold!
Solutions, contact lenses, lens cleaner, shopping for frames, misplaced or forgotten glasses; that’s all gone. No, that’s not entirely true . . . we can still misplace a nice pair of sunglasses!”
Steve and Lisa Ilk | Prineville, Oregon