Monovision is available at the following centres:

BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
Sheffield Royal Hallamshire Hospital

Normally, a monofocal lens such as a standard or toric intraocular lens will give you excellent near or distance vision, but not both. But with a technique called monovision, you may be able to obtain good vision of both near and far objects using these lenses.

With IOL monovision, one eye receives a lens for distance vision, while the other receives a lens for near vision. Once you’ve adjusted to monovision, your brain effortlessly selects the image you want to see at each moment, so you see well at near and far distances.

If you haven’t tried monovision before but are interested in this approach, your doctor can help you try monovision in advance using specialized contact lenses. This is an important step to confirm you would be able to adjust easily.

IOL monovision is an excellent choice if you:

  • Want to reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts as much as possible.
  • Are comfortable adapting to change and learn new skills easily.
  • Wish to avoid a possible increased risk of some night vision symptoms

If you have any astigmatism, the same effect can be achieved with toric IOLs.

Whether or not you have astigmatism, monovision can be an excellent way to combine the benefits of two different lenses.


Your LaserVision consultant surgeon can expertly guide you through the best treatments for you. Each treatment is personalised to achieve the best results.

In association with:
Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust