Learn about Monocular Vision

There are many adjustments that people must make when they lose an eye. When adapting to monocular vision there are physical as well as psychological challenges. Physically, people may encounter challenges with depth perception and their sense of surroundings. Some people may miss a wall or a door that is right next to them, and frequently bump into things (for this reason, it’s highly recommended that you wear polycarbonate lenses so that you protect your vision in your remaining eye). Balance, grasping objects, and playing certain sports can also be challenges. An occupational therapist may help you adjust to some of these difficulties.

It can be very difficult to accept this change. It is natural to experience bouts of depression, but with time an adjustment is possible. Seeing a psychiatrist may assist in the grieving and acceptance of losing an eye.

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