monocular precautions

Many people have only one good eye. Despite this limitation, they live perfectly rich and normal lives. We recommend these fine people take extra precautionary steps to keep their good eye “healthy.”  For example, if a rock randomly strikes you in the eye you don’t have a backup eye to rely on. Conversely, if you get in a car accident, it would be nice to have some additional protection from flying glass. Monocular precautions usually involves safety glasses or getting your prescription glasses made of polycarbonate plastic (which acts like safety glass).  If you wear contacts, then good hygiene becomes especially important as you don’t want to get an infection in your only eye.

Dr. Timothy Root is a practicing ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon in Daytona Beach, Florida. His books, video lectures, and training resources can be found at:


  1. My husband has just been diagnosed with monocular precautions. I need to acquire all the information I can.
    If you can send me information on this subject (via email) please do. Thank you

  2. Lena, “monocular precautions” isn’t a diagnosis … it is just a warning we tell our patients who have one good eye. As you can see in the explanation above, there are extra safety precautions you can take to protect your eyes.


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