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Subspecialties Cataract

The Misnomer of Monovision

At a Glance

  • As cataract and refractive surgery improves, patients’ demands grow – “perfect” vision, with good near and distance focus, is now want many patients want
  • Monofocal intraocular lenses are one way of achieving the best possible range of vision for patients without introducing unwelcome aberrations
  • Though many surgeons doubt patients’ ability to adapt or be satisfied, monovision has been successful in the over 90 percent of patients
  • The key to patient satisfaction with monovision is to listen to your patients, clarify their expectations, and establish reasonable and well-understood goals

Monovision is not a new concept. In fact, some people’s vision is naturally set up to provide them with both distance and near vision, helping them avoid presbyopia without a doctor’s help. So why is this vision solution so overlooked by cataract and refractive surgeons? At the 2013 meeting of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS), there was only one main speaker to discuss monovision. During a UK talk, I asked an audience of consultant surgeons to raise their hands if they routinely discussed presbyopic correction – in particular using monovision techniques – with their UK National Health Service (NHS) patients. Out of about a hundred surgeons, fewer than five hands went up. It’s clear that monovision isn’t getting people’s attention. So why should we offer it to our patients?

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About the Author

Ray Radford

A member of the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society, Ray is a consultant ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeon at multiple practices in the UK. An experienced cataract and eyelid surgeon, he has also lectured and trained nationally in the field of glaucoma. His research interests include deep sclerectomy, and outside of the clinic, Ray appreciates fine art, cuisine, sailing and rugby.

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