The Basics of Hyperopia

Hyperopia is a visual condition where distant objects are easier to see than nearby objects, this ailment is commonly referred to as farsightedness. This can occur if your cornea has too little curvature or the length of your eyeball is too short, causing nearby objects unable to be brought into a clearly focused sharp image. This condition can be brought on by environmental factors or be a hereditary issue.

Is Hyperopia a common problem?

Many people suffer from mild cases of farsightedness without ever knowing it and it is far more common than you may think. Hyperopia only becomes an obvious problem if it has a significant effect on your ability to see things in everyday life, for instance while driving. As you age, it is normal to experience a natural decrease in focusing ability is normal, over half of the people who wear glasses are attempting to assist with their hyperopia or presbyopia (nearsightedness). Hyperopia can be easily overlooked during sight test or auto refraction, making it necessary to visit your optometrist regularly to keep track of your refractive error and find the perfect glasses prescription for your particular gauge of hyperopia.

What symptoms occur from farsightedness?

Those who are suffering from Hyperopia will naturally exert extra effort to maintain clear vision of long distance and even more involuntary effort to view objects at a close range. This extra energy being used to see clearly can cause tension, fatigue, headaches and discomfort. Blurred vision will also occur in the event that the crystalline lens of the eye cannot bring an object into focus.

Common Symptoms of Hyperopia Include:

  • Trouble maintaining clear focus on near objects
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Eye strain
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Poor reading ability
  • General tension

How can I detect and treat my Hyperopia?

Sight testing and common vision screenings can be ineffective in assigning the right diagnosis for hyperopia. Our common association with letters, allows us to assign the correct letter on the eye chart by shape association with no relation to amount of focus on the letter itself. The best way to detect your farsightedness is through a comprehensive optometric examination at one of our 4 convenient office locations to receive a full screening for Hyperopia and any other eye related ailments. Once we have assessed your issues and detected Hyperopia in your ocular system, there are multiple options for treatment depending on your particular case. If case where the farsightedness is mild, your eyes may be able to naturally correct themselves without the use of corrective lenses, but you may need glasses for reading and computer use. If the case is severe, you may be prescribed glasses for full time use and perhaps open options for corrective laser surgery. Although it may take some time to adjust to wearing glasses, farsightedness will not significantly affect your lifestyle as long as you are receiving proper treatment. Attending Drs. Tod Davis and Amy Carlyle Developmental Optometry and Vision Therapy Services for a regular check up every six months is necessary to keep vision at the highest levels of performance.


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