If you suffer from presbyopia, the team at Maida CustomVision in Jacksonville, FL may be able to improve your eyesight with monovision LASIK. As with all LASIK procedures, your doctor will use an advanced laser to reshape your cornea and improve light refraction. However, with monovision, he will adjust each eye differently, correcting both distance and close-up vision. It takes some time to adjust to monovision, and it is not right for everyone.
Dr. Jerry Maida will explain monovision LASIK side effects and risks at your initial consultation. He will carefully determine your candidacy for the treatment before proceeding. With his caution and surgical skill, he can dramatically reduce the potential complications.
Are You a Candidate for Monovision LASIK?
If you are suffering from presbyopia, monovision LASIK may be right for you. This age-related condition causes the lenses inside your eyes to lose flexibility so that they cannot adjust to near and distant vision quickly. Eventually you will not be able to see close-up objects without reading glasses.
With standard LASIK, Dr. Maida can improve distance vision, but you will still need corrective lenses for reading and detail work. If you would prefer to be completely glasses-free or have a reduced need for reading glasses, monovision LASIK may be right for you.
However, due to the potential side effects of monovision, certain occupations or hobbies may make it inadvisable. For example, if you are an athlete, operate heavy machinery, or frequently drive at night, you may not be a good candidate for this treatment.
The Potential Complications of Monovision LASIK
Monovision can compromise depth perception and night vision. Therefore, it can sometimes make driving difficult. In addition, patients with monovision typically do not enjoy the same clarity of vision as those who have standard LASIK and continue to use reading glasses. Nonetheless, many prefer the convenience of monovision. Others feel more confident when they no longer need to wear glasses. About one-quarter of patients will not be able to adjust to monovision at all.
Reducing the Risks of Monovision LASIK
The most effective way to ensure successful monovision is to choose the right surgeon. Dr. Maida is world renowned for his skill with LASIK. He performs more laser vision correction surgeries than anyone else in North Florida. He keeps up with the latest technology and has received international awards for his work. With this impressive level of experience, he can provide superior care with the most pronounced vision correction possible.
Of course, Dr. Maida will not just take a chance and hope that you are one of the 75 percent of patients who will do well with monovision. Rather, he will thoroughly evaluate your eye structure, ocular health, and lifestyle to determine your candidacy. Typically, he will also provide contacts with two different prescriptions. If you can adjust to monovision with contacts, you will most likely enjoy success with monovision LASIK.
Contact Us to Learn More
To learn more about the side effects of monovision LASIK and to determine your candidacy, contact our office today. Even if you do not qualify, Dr. Maida may be able to suggest an alternative treatment for your presbyopia.