The gradual loss of near vision after age 40 due to the natural “aging” of the eye is called presbyopia. This will occur whether you have laser vision correction or not, and LASIK patients over 40 will wear reading glasses for their near vision.
Some patients who wish to be less dependent on reading glasses choose an option called “monovision”. In monovision, one eye is corrected for distance, while the other eye is corrected for near. While the distance vision is not as sharp as a “full” distance correction, the trade-off can be worth it for patients who do not like relying on reading glasses.
Full Distance Correction vs Monovision
Full Distance Correction
- Chosen by all patients under 40, and about 95% of patients over 40
- Allows the clearest vision possible.
- Allows full depth perception, so is usually the best choice for athletes, patients who drive a lot, and outdoor enthusiasts.
- Patients over 40 will require reading glasses for near vision.
- Best for patients who: desire the best possible vision.
Undecided about whether to choose monovision or not? Our counselors and doctors can help you decide.