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Should You Undergo Monovision Or Refractive Lens Exchange?

All adults will reach an age where their reading vision is compromised by presbyopia. It happens to everyone around age 40. At the same time, you have not reached the age where cataracts have clouded your vision and you need surgery to remove them. So you have maybe 30-40 years before cataracts develop. So you live with your limited near vision? Well, maybe not.

How does refractive lens exchange fit in here? Stay with us and we will explain.

Your Options

Up until recently, you have had limited options to correct your presbyopia or near vision. You can’t read well, see things clearly in low light, or decipher menus and small print on medications and ingredients. Common choices include reading glasses and bifocals.

You may have observed these adults wearing reading glasses on a chain around their neck.

If that’s not your style, another option is monovision contact lenses. One lens is corrected for distance and the other for near vision tasks. There are patients who can adapt to this, but many patients find it difficult.

You can also choose Monovision LASIK once you know your can adapt. No matter the monovision choice, the compromise is loss of depth perception and some difficulty reading in low-light environments. If your eyes continue to deteriorate, you could be back to square one: meaning contacts or the dreaded glasses on a chain.

The Solution

Why live for decades with all the drawbacks of presbyopia only to need cataract surgery later in life?

Now you don’t have to wait for great vision. South Texas Eye Institute, known for the best LASIK in San Antonio, has announced it can provide great vision at all distances for the those in the San Antonio area.

You can have the best vision of your life, for your whole life, with a Refractive Lens Exchange.

Advantages of a Refractive Lens Exchange

You can now have an intraocular lens (IOL) without waiting for a cataract to form. Whereas most cataract IOLs are monofocal, correcting either distance or near vision, now you have more choices.

The Symfony Lens commonly used for cataract patients is especially advantageous for those with presbyopia. It provides

  • sharp clear vision in all light environments;
  • extended depth of focus (EDOF);
  • the ability to see clearly near, far and in between; and
  • a lens for the rest of your life with continuous high-quality vision.

Your Choice

The doctors at South Texas Eye Institute will help you make an informed decision about whether monovision or refractive lens exchange is best for your eyes and your goals.

If you are tired of living with presbyopia, contact us with questions or to determine which procedure is best for you.