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Both Eyes Do Not See Equally

06/04/2010

Question:

I have a recent prescription for trifocals. My left eye sees all ranges clearly, right eye does not see clearly. However, I can see clearly with a magnifying glass and binoculars with right eye? Optometrist tried to adjust right lens but no improvement. Does this sound like an eye problem or an incorrect lens? Optometrist uses glass lenses mixed together to find prescription - are there more modern devices that should be used? Thanks.

Answer:

It could be an eye problem or an incorrect lens. It is not uncommon for the vision to be slightly different between the two eyes, and if the difference is the same through all parts of the trifocal lens, then it is more likely to be an eye problem. However, without examining the eyes it is difficult to make a definitive statement.

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Response by:

Mark  Bullimore, MCOptom, PhD Mark Bullimore, MCOptom, PhD
Formerly:
Professor
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University