Glasses for one eye


If you have noticed that only one eye appears to have a vision problem, don’t panic; you don’t need to wear an old-fashioned monocle! There are many reasons why you might experience vision problems in only one eye; in children, this could be the start of amblyopia or a lazy eye. If you notice this in your child’s vision, it’s important to see your local optometrist.

If you do appear to have worse vision in one eye than the other, there are glasses for one eye that can help to solve your problem. Glasses for one eye are easily prescribed; it simply depends on what vision problem that eye has.

What glasses can I wear for one eye?

Deciding on the right glasses for one eye is dependent on what issue needs correcting. It might be that you are suffering from a refractive error in one eye, for example, you might be experiencing either short or long-sightedness. This can be disorientating and can interfere with your daily life if uncorrected.

Glasses for one eye can be optimised for myopia or hypermetropia, allowing the affected eye to be supported by the lens. Your optometrist can help to diagnose what vision problem you are experiencing and can recommend the right type of lens required.

With this in mind, the types of glasses for one eye are just as readily available as a requirement for glasses for both eyes. If you need single vision lenses, Eyezen lenses can help your eye with poor vision to focus. Eyezen lenses are also optimised for wearing with digital screens, so if you also struggle with eye strain, these glasses can correct your eye and support both eyes, if necessary, by reducing and preventing eye strain.

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If you suffer from light sensitivity or you are often troubled by reflections and glare, our polarised lenses can accommodate your needs for glasses for one eye.

How do glasses for one eye work?

If you need glasses for one eye, you don’t need to shop for a monocle; unless that suits your style! Glasses for one eye can simply be created with one prescription lens, and one lens with no power in it. Your optometrist will check the vision in both of your eyes and the power in each lens to suit your individual needs for each eye.

Most people’s vision differs across both eyes, so if you think you have one eye that has less vision than the other, don’t worry. Visit your optometrist for an eye examination and they can help with the right lens solution for your needs.

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Why do I have a vision problem in one eye?

Vision problems in one eye may only last temporarily, depending on the cause. There are many reasons why vision impairments may only affect one eye. If you notice a sudden change in your vision, you should seek medical assistance from your optometrist.

If there is a significant difference between the vision of both eyes, it is likely that you have a lazy eye that was not corrected when you were a child. It can be rectified by wearing glasses for one eye in order to help the weaker eye.

If you think it is a lazy eye, but your vision appears to be getting worse in one eye, it could be a refractive error like myopia.

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