Farsightedness 2020-12-10T05:22:13-05:00

Farsightedness (hyperopia) is an eye condition that causes blurry near vision

You can correct this common vision condition with glasses, contact lenses or surgery
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Farsightedness (hyperopia)

Hyperopia, unlike normal vision, occurs when the cornea is too flat in relation to the length of the eye, or if the eye is too short. This causes light to focus at a point beyond the retina, resulting in blurry near vision and occasionally blurry distance vision as well.

Usually, this condition is undetected until middle age. This is because when we are younger, the eye can compensate for the hyperopia by contracting the internal lens of the eye. But as we get older, the lens’s ability to contract declines.

Symptoms of hyperopia

  • Blurry near vision
  • Occasionally, blurry distance vision

Hyperopia is hereditary and runs in families.

Light focuses beyond the retina causing blurry near vision

Many people are not diagnosed with hyperopia without a complete eye exam.

School screenings typically do not detect this condition because they test only for distance vision. Your eye doctor can conduct a refractive evaluation to determine whether your eyes focus light rays exactly on the retina at a distance and near.

A visual acuity test will determine your ability to see sharply and clearly at all distances. Your eye doctor will also check your eye coordination and muscle control, as well as your eyes’ ability to change focus. All of these are important factors in how your eyes see

Glasses and contact lenses are used by many for the temporary treatment of hyperopia. However, several vision correction procedures can surgically reduce or eliminate hyperopia.

Lasik, PRK, refractive lens exchange and cataract surgery may all reduce or eliminate hyperopia.

Other types of refractive errors include nearsightedness and presbyopia.

I am now 53 years old and have been told I have hyperopia and that I need to wear bifocals. I have never worn glasses for distance vision in the past; why do I need them now?

As we age, our natural lens loses more and more of its focusing ability. In our mid-40s, this process is called presbyopia and people who aren’t nearsighted need to start wearing reading glasses. Similarly, people who are farsighted and were once able to focus to see at a distance lose that ability and need glasses for distance vision.

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Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is when you see things that are far away better than things that are up close. Your eyes focus better on distant objects than on nearby ones. Click here to read on.

Farsightedness is a common vision defect that makes it difficult to focus on near objects. People with severe hyperopia can only focus on objects that are far away, or they cannot focus at all. Click here to read on.

Farsightedness means you can clearly see things that are far away, but things that are close-up are blurry. The technical term for farsightedness is hyperopia. According to the National Eye Institute, it affects 5 to 10 percent of Americans. Click here to read on.

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