Hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, is when you can see things that are far away more clearly than things that are up close. There are different degrees of farsightedness, which influences how well you can focus on objects. Those with mild farsightedness may be able to see objects that are closer to them, while those with more severe farsightedness may only be able to see objects that are far away. This condition is usually present at birth and tends to run in families.
Common symptoms of hyperopia, or farsightedness include:
- Nearby objects appearing blurry.
- The need to squint to see things clearly.
- Eye strain.
- Headache following tasks that require you to focus closely, such as writing, reading, drawing, or using a computer.
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There are two main parts of the eye that focus images including the cornea and the lens. Normally, each of these elements has a smooth curvature, similar to the surface of a marble. If your cornea or lens is not smoothly curved, light rays are not refracted correctly, leading to a refractive error. Farsightedness happens when your eyeball is shorter than it should be, and your cornea is not curved enough.
Farsightedness can be diagnosed during a basic eye exam. During this appointment, Dr. Gupta will ask you to read a chart from across the room. If she suspects farsightedness, she will use a special device called a retinoscope to see how light reflects off of your retina.
If it is determined that you have farsightedness, treatment includes prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, or vision correction surgery like LASIK. Dr. Gupta will use a device called a phoropter to help decide on which prescription is best for your glasses or contacts.
Eyeglasses: Glasses are an easy and safe way to correct farsightedness. There are many different types of eyeglass lenses including single vision, bifocals, trifocals, and progressive multifocals. Dr. Gupta will work with you to determine which lenses are best for improving your vision.
Contact Lenses: Contact lenses are worn right on your eyes, and are available in many different forms. If you choose to purchase prescription contact lenses, be sure to use proper contact lens hygiene to keep your eyes healthy.
LASIK: LASIK is a safe and effective procedure that uses a laser to adjust the curves of your cornea and correct farsightedness. Recovery from LASIK is usually quicker than that of other cornea surgeries, and once your vision is corrected, you will not have to depend on eyeglasses or contacts.
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Dr. Archana Gupta is a board certified ophthalmologist. She specializes in cataract, cornea, external diseases and refractive surgery.
Are you having trouble focusing on objects that are near to you? If so, you may have hyperopia. Contact Advanced Eye Surgeons in Boca Raton & Tamarac, FL today to schedule your eye exam with Dr. Gupta for timely diagnosis and treatment.
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