Monovision

Tricking Your Brain To See Better

Monovision is a situation where you see distance with one eye and can read and see close up with the other eye.
This can be a situation that your optician creates with glasses or contact lenses. It can also be accomplished with Lasik surgery or via cataract intraocular lens implants.

The idea is that your dominant eye will see distant things and your non-dominant eye will serve for near vision.
The trick is for your brain to switch in a nanosecond to the clearest image. On occasion, this happens naturally with one eye getting the clearer image for distance and the other eye seeing better close up.

How often have your eyes tested EXACTLY the same?

Some people may take a while to have their brains adjust to the switching while others may have a seamless transition.
The fact that this happens naturally seems to support doing this with compensating lenses or with surgery.

If you prefer to NOT improve your eyesight naturally with vision therapy activities,
I have some advice before you make a permanent surgical change to your eyesight.

That is to try contact lenses for the monovision BEFORE you have a permanent surgical procedure done to your eyes. If you are nearsighted and can read OK, but not drive without lenses, then try a distance contact lens in one eye for a while. Give yourself plenty of time to adjust.

Seeing with monovision takes a specific coordination between your eyes and your brain.

I speak from experience here.

I tried monovision contact lenses some time ago, but dry eyes made contacts difficult to wear. These days we have the type of soft contact lenses designed to wear overnight. While I could never wear lenses overnight, they were much more comfortable for daily wear than the old soft contact lenses. I guess I am the heretical natural vision coach. My dry eye situation got me into big trouble. I had my lower punctal ducts cauterized to prevent tear drainage. Punctal ducts are the tiny pin hole channels that drain tears down into the sinuses, and cauterization means the doctor burned the ducts until scar tissue blocked them completely. It made no improvement for my dry eye situation. Eventually my optometrist inserted punctal plugs in the upper ducts. They allowed NO tear drainage and my eyes were tearing and dripping. Plus these plugs scraped my eyeballs with every blink. I had an emergency appointment with an associate of my doctor, who removed the plugs. She also prescribed some steroid eye drops to quell the irritation.

Here’s the down side of steroid medications: they can cause cataracts.

And so I developed cataracts that no amount of vision therapy helped. I did get by with some valiant nutritional efforts, but after 3 years, I finally had cataract surgery with MONOVISION lens implants. And seeing this way was a seamless transition for me. My brain already had some experience switching from eye to eye, depending on what I view. The true serendipity here is that once I could see, I noticed the vibrations in my eyes starting to come back. At first it was disturbing. I learned that if you can feel the vibrations, your eyes are moving too slowly! All this happened prior to taking my training to become a certified natural vision coach.

This experience made all the difference to me, enhancing my perspective about how vision therapy is intended to assist you to get your eyes to move in such a way as to enable clear vision and Reverse The Blur.