What Is Hyperopia?
Hyperopia is another name for farsightedness. People with farsightedness will have difficulty seeing objects up close, but will not have any trouble seeing from a distance. Because of this, they will need glasses or contacts to see clearly.
What Causes Hyperopia?
Hyperopia happens when light focuses behind your retina instead of directly on it. This usually happens to people whose eyeballs, lenses, or cornea are misshaped. In most cases, farsightedness is genetic, but it usually does not become apparent until later in life.
Symptoms of Hyperopia
If you are someone with farsightedness, you will notice that objects close to you appear blurry. For example, you may have trouble reading but can see objects perfectly from a distance.
Since hyperopia impairs your vision, you may experience an aching or burning sensation in your eyes. Wearing prescribed glasses or contact lenses will help prevent this from happening.
If you need to squint to see things up close, chances are you are dealing with farsightedness.
People with hyperopia may experience headaches after reading, writing, or engaging in other activities that involve staring at something closely.
How Is Hyperopia Diagnosed?
Hyperopia is diagnosed during a general eye examination, where you will be asked to read letters on an eye chart. Your ophthalmologist may also use a tool called a retinoscope which allows them to measure the aiming of the light within your eye.
Treatment Options for Hyperopia
Glasses are the most common treatment for those with farsightedness. Depending on the severity, they are either worn all the time or only during tasks like reading or writing.
The second most common treatment for farsightedness is contact lenses. Your doctor will provide you with a prescription, and from there, you can choose from a variety of different contact lens brands on the market.
Refractive Laser Procedures
Refractive laser procedures like LASIK eye surgery will permanently reshape your cornea to allow light to move through your eye correctly. While LASIK will only treat minor cases of hyperopia, it is a desirable solution for many patients.
Refractive Lens Exchange Procedures
In a refractive lens exchange procedure, your eye’s lens will be replaced with an artificial lens, allowing you to see clearly.
Hyperopia Treatment Options at Toledo LASIK
If you’re displaying symptoms of hyperopia, Toledo LASIK is here for you. We will provide you with a general eye exam to diagnose farsightedness or any other type of eye issue you may be experiencing. We also offer a variety of treatment options, including LASIK and other alternative vision correction procedures.
If you’re ready to schedule an appointment or if you have any other questions or inquiries, be sure to contact us today.