Hyperopia, also known as Farsightedness, is a common refractive error that causes difficulty seeing objects that are close to the eye. While mild farsightedness may not require treatment, moderate to severe farsightedness can cause significant vision problems that impact daily life. If you are experiencing symptoms of hyperopia (farsightedness), such as blurred vision, eye strain, or headaches, you can reach out to your nearest Amplify EyeCare practice either via a call or in-person visit. Our team of eye care professionals is ready and equipped to provide you with the care you need.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of hyperopia:
Patients with hyperopia often experience blurry vision when looking at objects up close. This can make it difficult to read, write, or perform other tasks that require close-up vision.
People with hyperopia may also experience eye strain or fatigue when performing tasks that require near vision. This can be particularly noticeable when reading, writing, or using a computer for extended periods of time.
Hyperopia can also cause headaches, particularly after performing tasks that require close-up vision. This can be due to the increased strain on the eye muscles as they try to focus light properly.
Patients with hyperopia may find themselves squinting in an effort to see objects more clearly. Squinting can help to temporarily improve vision by narrowing the amount of light entering the eye and improving focus.
Hyperopia can also cause difficulty with night vision, particularly when driving. This is because the eye may struggle to adjust to changes in light levels, making it difficult to see clearly in low-light conditions.
While hyperopia is typically associated with difficulty seeing objects up close, it can also cause problems with distance vision. Patients may find it difficult to see objects in the distance, such as road signs or television screens.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or if you are concerned about your vision in general, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at our optometry clinic. A comprehensive eye exam can help to diagnose hyperopia and other vision problems, and we can provide you with personalized recommendations for treatment, including glasses, contact lenses, or vision therapy.
One of the most common causes of hyperopia is genetics. This means that if one or both of your parents have hyperopia, you are more likely to develop the condition.
Hyperopia can also be caused by an abnormal shape of the eye. Specifically, if the eye is too short or the cornea is too flat, it can cause light to be focused behind the retina rather than on it, resulting in blurred vision.
As we age, the lens in our eye becomes less flexible, which can make it more difficult to focus on nearby objects. This can lead to hyperopia developing later in life.
Certain medical conditions can also cause hyperopia, such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis. These conditions can affect the nerves that control the muscles in the eye, leading to difficulty focusing.
Certain medications, such as those used to treat allergies or anxiety, can also cause hyperopia as a side effect.
In some cases, hyperopia can be a result of previous eye surgery. This can occur if the surgery alters the shape of the cornea, making it more difficult for the eye to focus properly.
Prescription eyeglasses are a simple and effective way to correct farsightedness. The lenses in the glasses are designed to bend light in a way that compensates for the eye's inability to focus properly. There are a number of different types of lenses that can be used, including single vision lenses, bifocal lenses, and progressive lenses. We can help you choose the right type of glasses based on your specific eyewear needs and preferences.
Contact lenses are another option for correcting farsightedness. Like eyeglasses, contact lenses work by bending light to compensate for the eye's inability to focus properly. Contact lenses offer the added benefit of being nearly invisible, but they do require more maintenance than eyeglasses. There are a number of different types of contact lenses available, including soft lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses, and hybrid lenses. We can help you choose the right type of contact lenses with the help of our optometrist based on your lifestyle and preferences.
Refractive surgery is a type of surgery that is used to correct farsightedness by reshaping the cornea. The most common type of refractive surgery for farsightedness is LASIK, which uses a laser to reshape the cornea. Other types of refractive surgery that may be used to correct farsightedness include PRK and LASEK. Refractive surgery is typically only recommended for patients with moderate to severe farsightedness who are not good candidates for glasses or contact lenses.
For most people the use of glasses or contact lenses for farsightedness is enough. However in some cases vision therapy may be recommended by our eye doctor. Vision Therapy is a type of therapy that is used to improve the eye's ability to focus and to strengthen the eye muscles. Vision therapy typically involves a series of exercises that are designed to improve eye coordination, improve the ability to focus on objects, and improve the ability to see objects in three dimensions. Vision therapy is typically only recommended for patients with mild to moderate farsightedness and may be combined with the use of prism lenses.
Monovision is a technique that is used to correct farsightedness in patients who are over the age of 40 and who also have presbyopia, which is a condition that causes difficulty focusing on close objects. Monovision involves correcting one eye for distance vision and the other eye for close-up vision. This allows the patient to see both distant and close objects clearly without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
Multifocal intraocular lenses are a type of lens implant that can be used to correct farsightedness and presbyopia. These lenses are surgically implanted in the eye during cataract surgery, and they work by providing multiple focal points that allow the patient to see both distant and close objects clearly.
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If you are experiencing blurry near vision or are struggling with eye strain and headaches, it's important to get your eyes checked by our experienced optometrists. Our team of experienced professionals is here to help diagnose and treat your hyperopia (farsightedness) through a comprehensive eye exam.