Hyperopia, Farsighted

Posted by: Invision Optometry in Category Hyperopia

Man straining his eyes looking at a computer screen

Hyperopia is the medical term for farsightedness. It refers to a vision condition in which things at a distance are easier to see than things up close. Hyperopia occurs when light entering the eye is focused behind the retina instead of directly on it. Although hyperopia is a common vision problem, people experience farsightedness differently. For some, there are no noticeable problems with their vision and for others vision can be blurred at any distance near or far. In mild cases of farsightedness, the eyes may be able to compensate without corrective lenses. However, farsighted people may experience headaches or even eye strain. For those who are farsighted, you involuntarily exert extra effort to maintain clear distance vision and even greater effort to see clearly at close range. This can make reading or working on a computer somewhat difficult and can even cause fatigue, tension, discomfort, and headaches. The reality is many people have some degree of hyperopia without knowing it. Before the condition becomes a significant problem that impacts your ability to see, it is important to know the symptoms so you can get help.

People Of Any Age Can Be Farsighted…

What Causes Farsightedness?

­This vision problem occurs when light rays entering the eye focus behind your retina instead of directly on it. As a result, close objects look blurry. The eyeball of a farsighted person is either shorter than normal or has a cornea that is too flat. Like nearsightedness, farsightedness is usually inherited.

Example of Farsighted vision

Symptoms of Farsightedness

Farsightedness is usually due to genetics. Common symptoms associated with this type of vision problem include maintaining clear focus on nearby objects, blurry vision, eye strain, fatigue or headache after you do a close-up task such as reading. If you find yourself squinting, in an attempt to focus on items close to you, it is time for you to get a comprehensive eye exam. Additionally, if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned while wearing glasses, it may be time for a new prescription. There are several treatment options available for moderate to severe farsightedness. Depending on your eye care provider, treatment options may include glasses, contacts, LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), and corneal inlays. Do not confuse hyperopia with presbyopia, which also causes vision problems that are similar to being farsighted. Presbyopia causes near vision problems for very different reasons.

Learn More About The Difference Between Hyperopia and Presbyopia…

Hyperopia VS Presbyopia

Presbyopia is the medical term for aging eyes. It is a condition in which the lens of the eye gradually loses its flexibility, making it hard to focus clearly on objects that are close to you. Similar to hyperopia, distance vision is usually not affected. And, while both can lead to headaches, eye strain, fatigue, and trouble seeing things up close, the reasons behind the symptoms are quite different. Hyperopia occurs when an irregularly shaped eye prevents light from properly lining up with the retina. Presbyopia on the other hand, is an age-related condition. Unfortunately, presbyopia is an inevitable part of aging. It cannot be prevented, but it is treatable.

Most People At Some Point In Their Lives Have a Vision Condition…

Because Your Eyes Matter

Whatever your vision challenge, the good news is many vision problems can be corrected. Our team of highly trained eye doctors will listen to your concerns and accommodate your unique vision needs. During a comprehensive eye exam, we will help you determine which option or procedure is right for you. If you are experiencing any vision difficulties, schedule an appointment, or call us at (619) 222-2020 to see how we can help.

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