Are you having a hard time seeing things that are close to you? You may have hyperopia. More commonly referred to as farsightedness, this refractive error affects roughly 14 million Americans.
Here’s what your eye care associates at Innovative Eyecare have to say about this vision problem:
Root Cause and Primary Risk Factors
Hyperopia occurs when the distance between the front and back parts of your eyes is too short. As a result, the light rays that enter your eyes are displaced behind your retina rather than directly upon it. Having an abnormally rigid cornea can also cause hyperopia. While it’s not clear what causes these structural infirmities, heredity seems to be a major risk factor. This condition is usually present at birth or develops in childhood, although it can also develop in adulthood.
Common Signs and Symptoms
People who are farsighted have no problem seeing distant figures clearly, but have trouble seeing objects that are up-close. The symptoms of farsightedness are quite similar to presbyopia, another refractive error. The difference is that hyperopia is due to irregularities in the shape of the eye and typically develops in childhood, while presbyopia is an age-related condition caused by the natural lens of the eye losing its flexibility. Other symptoms of farsightedness include frequent headaches or eye strain when reading or doing other close-range work. If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with your eye doctor as soon as possible.
We’ll perform a comprehensive eye exam to confirm hyperopia, which will include visual acuity test. Upon detecting signs of hyperopia, we may also have you undergo refraction and retinoscopy tests to guide us in determining the correct lens power to correct your vision.
Your optometrist may prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses. We have a variety of options available to suit your lifestyle and preferences. We may also evaluate if you’re qualified for LASIK. If you are a good candidate for LASIK and are interested in the procedure, you can count on us to refer you to some of the best surgeons in the area, prepare you for the procedure and help you with the post-operative care.
For more information about hyperopia or to discuss other eye care concerns, call us at (256) 270-0899 or complete our form. We serve Athens, Madison and nearby AL areas.