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Question:
My mother is 90 and she recently had her cataracts removed. They placed lenses for one eye far away and one for close. Is there an easy way for her to get used to using one eye for each? She is having difficulties in seeing because she claims that she is supposed to use both eyes at same time. Is she right?

Answer:
Blended or monovision is the visual correction technique of setting one eye for distance vision and one eye for near vision. It works beautifully for many people. However, adjusting to this visual solution can be difficult for some. In a sense, your mother is correct. Only one eye is being utilized to see near or far, but the goal of monovision is that somehow the brain blends the clarity of one eye's image with the blurred input from the other. I don't really have any special tricks other than trying to immerse yourself in all of your normal daily activities. If this doesn't work, your mother could always wear glasses to try to balance the correction.

Answered by: James M. Heltzer, MDDr. James M. Heltzer

Categories: Cataracts, Vision Correction

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