What is monocular vision?

Monocular vision (pronounced muh-no-kyoo-luh) is when there is vision in one eye only. Meaning you will lose part of your field of view and may have difficulty with depth perception, judging the height of steps or correctly gauging how to pour liquid into a cup for example.

In the main, the solution to these problems is a natural adjustment which happens over time. Our brains are adaptable and can adjust to this change in vision. Usually, people find that with time their good eye ‘takes over’ and tasks that were previously difficult become easier. Difficulties with depth perception also improve naturally as the visual system uses other clues to help with this problem, such as the size and position of objects in relation to each other, as well as other texture, shadow and light effects.

For tips on living with monocular vision see Do you have any tips on dealing with monocular vision?

You may still be able to drive a car or motorcycle if you only have sight in one one eye, see Can I still drive if I have sight in one eye?

For further information on registering your sight loss if you have monocular vision see Can I get a CVI and register as sight impaired (partially sighted) if I have lost the sight in one of my eyes?

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