An approach described as Blended Vision or “mini-monovision,” uses an Intraocular Lens (IOL) or Toric IOL (this lens is for those who have a lot of astigmatism), both of which provide a successful option for improving distance, intermediate and near vision. These patients can achieve excellent uncorrected distance vision, very good uncorrected intermediate vision and adequate uncorrected near vision. This approach provides an alternative surgery option. Simply put, we can get you out of glasses for DISTANCE and NEAR vision!
The blended vision method can also be applied to a variety of other vision correction procedures, including LASIK and cataract surgery, PRK, LESA (Lens of the Eye Surgical Alteration), refractive lens exchange, and more.
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LASIK Vision Correction
LASIK is an eye surgery that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism—all of which are often caused by a focusing error that can be corrected by changing the shape of the cornea. To reshape the cornea, the surgeon creates a protective flap of tissue in the outer layer of the cornea and uses a laser to remove microscopic cells in the layer beneath. The surgeon then puts the flap back in place, which acts as a bandage as the patient’s eyes heal.
Cataract surgery is an operation to remove your eye’s lens when it is cloudy. Your own lens should be clear, but with a cataract it is cloudy. Having a cataract can be like looking through a foggy or dusty car windshield. Things may look blurry, hazy or less colorful.
The only way to remove a cataract is with surgery. Your ophthalmologist will recommend removing a cataract when it keeps you from doing things you want or need to do. During cataract surgery, your cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens. That lens is called an intraocular lens (IOL). Your ophthalmologist at Advanced Laser and Eye Center of Arizona will talk with you about IOLs and how they work.