Does Your Optometrist Have Monovision?
Your eye doctor may study the eye and know how it works, but if he or she recommends that you have a surgery that gives you monovision, then ask them if they have it. If they don’t have it ask them why they don’t. If they do, then question their understanding of the bigger picture—the eyes and their relationship to your brain’s function.
Do You Have Monovision?
A patient recently told me, “My optometrist has monovision so it must be OK.” In reality, this patient’s eye doctor apparently does not understand how the human nervous system works. More than half the functions of the human brain are dedicated to what the eyes see, and I am talking about more than just vision. A doctor who has monovision does not clearly understand that their eyes are an extension of their brain, and making one eye work differently than the other functionally confuses how the two sides of the brain are supposed to work together.
Another patient came in for treatment and the results of his examination just did not add up in my head. I asked him to take off his glasses and I retested him. I next asked him to close his eyes and keep them closed, and put his glasses back on again. Another retest showed everything was fine. Then I asked him to open his eyes and focus across the room. That is when I detected several important positive findings. Since I understand what happened, I asked him if he had monovision. He said he was not sure what monovision is, and then went on to tell me the story of his botched lasik eye surgery many years ago. Since then he has had a prescription lens on the left side of his glasses and a contact lens on his right eye. We discussed how this can cause confusing brain signals and that his eye issues could very well be the source of his many autonomic problems.
Be very careful, because monovision has a very high probability of being dangerous to your health!
What You Should Know About Monovision
You probably do not even know how many of your friends already have monovision. Monovision is when the eyes are modified with contact lenses, refractive surgery, or intraocular lenses so that one eye sees better close up and the other one sees better far away. While that may seem beneficial, it can make the world blurrier; the eye meant for close up cannot see well far away and vice versa.
You must be aware that while the FDA generally recognizes monovision as safe, it does not mean monovision is good for your brain. By its very nature, monovision could hinder autonomic controls. (The autonomic part of your nervous system oversees how your body is working. It is that part that functions without you having to think about it; it oversees normal body functions.)
Optometrists will tell you that you will get used to monovision in short order. However, the majority of your brain’s processes are dependent upon what enters through your eyes; how you perceive your environment. Therefore, because monovision compromises visual clarity for both near and far vision, it may also be a possible trigger for heart and other organ diseases.
Your visual signals meet in your brain right next to the centers that control your autonomic nervous system, which controls every organ except your heart; your autonomic nervous system only influence your heart.
In 2005, the Journal “Brain” detailed solid research that described how a heart attack could start in the brain. In short, when the brain and heart get out-of-sync it’s called “autonomic escape.” Autonomic escape is not good! If your heart escapes its autonomic controls, it has a high possibility of acting erratically and the result could be deadly.
One of the newest advances in neurology has to do with nerve signal timing. In the brain, synchronized nerve signals means communication. If, for example, the right side of your brain receives one type of input from one eye and the left side of your brain receives a different type of input from the other eye, these inputs will probably be out-of-sync, creating static throughout the brain’s communication channels. Brain confusion ensues easily throwing off the sensitive autonomic functions and the oversight system suffers. Monovision can lead to big trouble, including pain.
What to Do
If you have monovision, have your autonomic nervous system checked right away! If you know someone who has monovision, tell him or her to get checked, too. It is not too late to slow or stop the probability of autonomic trouble.