Contact Lens Basics

All That You Wanted To Know About Monovision Contact Lenses


If you suffer from both, nearsightedness and farsightedness simultaneously or presbyopia then monovision contact lenses are the perfect option for you.

Functioning of Monovision contact lenses
Monovision contact lenses involve wearing different contact lenses on different eyes. One contact lens corrects the distance vision and the contact lens on the other eye is used to correct the near vision. The lens that is used to correct distance vision is worn on the dominant eye.

Better than bifocal lenses
Bifocal contact lenses have proved to be quite a respite for people who suffer from nearsightedness and farsightedness simultaneously. But, there are several drawbacks of these contact lenses. Firstly, they may not suit all kinds of vision requirements which makes them inapt for many people.

Also, the eyes take time to sort out the different powers used in bifocal lenses, which makes them slightly uncomfortable. Monovision contact lenses help overcome all these drawbacks and offer much more comfortable and clearer vision.

Types of Monovision contact lenses
Different variations of Monovision contact lenses are used to treat different vision needs. Monovision contact lenses can be broadly classified into two main types- mini monovision and modified monovision.

* Mini monovision - This monovision contact lens involves adding a magnifying power to the near contact lens. If you do not need to do a lot of close up work, then these contact lenses can be the ideal option.
* Modified monovision - These contact lenses comprise of a single vision contact lens that is worn on the distance eye and a bifocal contact lens which is used for the near eye.

Drawbacks of monovision contact lenses
While monovision contact lenses prove to be a better option than bifocal contact lenses, there are certain limitations of these contact lenses. Firstly, the distance vision may be slightly compromised on using these contact lenses. Many people find distant objects to be blurred on using these lenses.

Besides, these lenses do not provide adequate near vision as required. They may make it easier for you to see objects that are closer but will not provide freedom from prescription glasses. The binocular vision as a whole may also be compromised as there are two different lenses used for both the eyes.

Getting monovision contact lenses
Unlike most contact lenses that are available over the counter, these are prescription contact lenses. You will have to consult your ophthalmologist to get these contact lenses for yourself.

Monovision contact lenses are quite affordable so you will not have a problem buying them. In fact, they are a lot less expensive than multifocal contacts. This means that you will have to pay much lesser for lens replacements.