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Hyperopia



WHAT IS HYPEROPIA (FARSIGHTEDNESS)?

Hyperopia or farsightedness is a common vision disorder affecting about a fourth of the population.  People with hyperopia can see distance objects, but have more difficulty seeing objects that are up close.

Hyperopia

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HYPEROPIA?

Farsighted individuals typically develop problems with reading up close before the age of 40.  Symptoms may include any of the following:

•    Headaches
•    Eyestrain
•    May squint or feel fatigued when performing work at a close range

WHAT CAUSES HYPEROPIA?

Hyperopia occurs when light rays entering the eye focus behind the retina, rather than directly on it.  The eyeball of a farsighted person is shorter than normal or the cornea or the lens of the eye is “under-powered.”  Many children are born with hyperopia, and some of them outgrow it as the eyeball lengthens with normal growth.  Sometimes people confuse hyperopia with presbyopia, which is difficulty in seeing up close, but has a different cause.

HOW CAN HYPEROPIA BE TREATED?

Farsightedness can be corrected with the following:

  • Glasses  
  • Contact lenses
  • Refractive Surgery