U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves Monovision LASIK

Monovision Lasik

The U.S. FDA recently approved a new LASIK procedure, one that allows eye surgeons to correct both near and far vision by applying CustomVue monovision LASIK to each eye. As more and more consumers find they have problems associated with both near and farsightedness, this new procedure may provide relief to thousands currently struggling over their diagnosis, including those with astigmatism.

CustomVue Monovision LASIK Overview
Typical LASIK surgery can correct nearsightedness, but many patients find they still needed to purchase reading glasses as they age. This has changed thanks to modern technology. CustomVue monovision LASIK, or CVML, allows your doctor to correct your distance vision problems while improving your focus on close objects as well.

How CustomVue monovision LASIK Works
CustomVue monovision LASIK can correct nearsighted or myopic problems in the dominant eye, and then only a portion of the nearsightedness in the other eye. This enables the patient to see distant things clearly by using the fully corrected eye, and close objects with the partially corrected eye. While this may seem unusual, the brain is able to adapt to the different ways each eye sees, producing a better outcome for the patient.

If you plan to try the new procedure, keep in mind you will need to wear monovision lenses first for a minimum of one week to see if your body will tolerate having one fully corrected and one partly corrected eye. If you tolerate this well, you may be a good candidate for CustomVue monovision surgery.

What are the Risks?
As with any surgery there are always risks, including the risk of dry eye or halos in patients having eye surgery. Some patients will find the new procedure is still not a cure-all, as they may need to wear glasses or contacts when driving at night or if they have to read really fine type or tiny lettering.

If you do experience side effects, including those that result in halos, glare or double vision, they may be permanent. Fortunately, you have an opportunity to discuss the benefits and risks of CustomVue surgery with your doctor before you agree to the procedure.

You may want to wait until post-approval studies of CustomVue monovision LASIK patients are completed to assess how well this surgery improves the quality of life for patients. Of course by that time, given the rapidity with which new eye LASIK procedures are performed, something even better might be coming to market. Eye surgery these days is much like buying a computer; the moment you buy the latest and greatest technology, something comes along that is even better.

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