Eye Care

What is Hyperopia?

By July 20, 2019 No Comments
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Hyperopia is also known as long-sightedness or farsightedness. It is a common vision problem caused due to a type of refractive error that makes it difficult to focus or see objects up close. You can, however, see objects in the distance. eople experience hyperopia differently. Some people may not notice any problems with their vision, especially when they are young. For people with significant hyperopia, vision can be blurry for objects at any distance, near or far. Hyperopia is quite common in both children and adults and can be treated easily.

Causes

Hyperopia develops in eyes that focus images behind the retina instead of on the retina, which can result in blurred vision. This occurs when the eyeball is too short, which prevents incoming light from focusing directly on the retina. It may also be caused by an abnormal shape of the cornea or lens. Most people who suffer from hyperopia inherit the condition. If you suffer from it, it is quite likely that you inherited it from your parents or grand-parents. Be aware that you can also suffer from farsightedness due to medical conditions like diabetes, cancer around the eye and blood vessel problems around your eye – but this  accounts for only a small  fraction of the population.

Symptoms

The symptoms of hyperopia vary from person to person. Make an appointment with our optometrists for a eye test if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Squinting
  • Blurry vision, especially for close objects

As mentioned before, this is a common eye condition, which can affect you at any age. However, it is likely that you will start to experience symptoms of hyperopia as you grow older, with most your symptoms becoming most noticeable after the age of 40.

Treatment

Hyperopia can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or surgery.

Glasses: These are the simplest and safest way to correct hyperopia. After doing a comprehensive dilated eye examination, our optometrists will prescribe lenses that will help correct the problem.

Contact Lenses: These become the first refractive surface for light rays entering the eye, causing a more precise refraction or focus. Contact lenses can provide clearer vision and a wider field of vision, if fitted and used properly. However, contact lenses do not suit everyone, so let our optometrists guide you to see if they are a good option for your long-sightedness.

Refractive Surgery: This treatment aims to permanently change the shape of the cornea to improve refractive vision. Surgery can decrease or eliminate your need to wear glasses and contact lenses. Make sure to discuss all surgical options with an eye surgeon.