Farsightedness / Hyperopia

What is hyperopia?

Farsightedness, also referred to as hyperopia, is a focusing defect of the eye where people have difficulty seeing at near. It is caused when light rays coming from a distant object strike the retina before coming to sharp focus, thus focusing the image behind the retina and causing the image to be blurred. Hyperopia can be caused by an eyeball that is “too short”.

What causes hyperopia?

Hyperopia, like myopia, is generally considered to be hereditary. In some cases, individuals may outgrow this condition if diagnosed early in one’s childhood.

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How do I know if I have hyperyopia?

Hyperopia is typically diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam through a test known as a refraction. Symptoms of hyperopia include difficulty focusing clearly on objects that are close, such as with computer work. Other symptoms include frequent headaches, eyestrain, fatigue and difficulty concentrating. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should consult your eye care professional right away.

Are there any treatments for myopia besides correction with glasses or contact lenses?

Many people with hyperopia may be candidates for procedures such as LASIK surgery (laser vision correction). Check with your ophthalmologist to determine if this option is right for you.

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