Hyperopia or farsightedness can be a little complicated to understand. It essentially means that the rays of light entering the eye are focussed BEHIND the eye, rather than on the retina. In other words, the eyeball is too short. Depending on the amount of farsightedness, some people can still see clearly in the distance, by using the muscle of the eye to focus, and “pull the focal point forward” onto the retina. As we get older, we all lose the ability of this “focussing power” (presbyopia), and this is why many people only discover they are farsighted later in life. This is quite a common condition and fortunately one that is entirely treatable with laser eye surgery.
Hyperopia Can Run in Families and is Quite Common
Those with farsightedness will usually find that it runs in families and is often present at birth. About 10% of the population has hyperopia. Hyperopia, or farsightedness, can remain undiagnosed in earlier life because commonly used vision screenings in schools use a chart on a wall which can often be seen by people with hyperopia.
Squinting to Get By
As well, many people are able to get by with this condition, by squinting in order to focus on close objects and don't receive any treatment for it. Symptoms may worsen as a person grows and ages.
Some people may require their corrective lenses only when doing close-vision work like reading or using a computer, others may wear them all the time or may even require bifocals (lenses with two prescriptions, which improve vision at both near and far distances).
Farsightedness or Hyperopia Explained
If you have hyperopia, you have probably been referred to as “farsighted”.
Those with hyperopia have a hard time clearly seeing when reading up close, drawing, using a computer, writing or a handheld device, especially for long periods of time.
Consistent close-up activities like these with this condition can result in pain and discomfort in the eyes. Often times a headache can also develop.
How Hyperopia Affects Your Vision
Hyperopia is a refractive error of the eye. This has to do with the shape of your eye and is a condition where your eye is too short from front to back.
Normally, light rays are focused by the round curvature of your eye’s cornea and lens directly on the retina at the back of your eye. In hyperopia, the eye is too short, so the light rays come into focus behind the retina.
The result is a change in your eyes ability to work properly up close, sometimes causing fatigue, discomfort, squinting, and general strain on the eyes.
Treatments for Hyperopia
There are great options for the treatment of hyperopia such as the Bladeless LASIK or Custom PRK; common surgical procedures available at Lasik Cataract Centre in Lindsay, Ontario.
It is our mission to provide world class patient-centered advanced laser vision correction. Let our trained eye care team assess your vision and determine the cause of and the options for your vision loss. We are here to determine the best treatment option for you. Contact LCC today and take your first step towards eliminating the discomfort and inconvenience of hyperopia.
Eye treatment options in Southern Ontario
Lasik Cataract Center in Lindsay, Ontario provides a full range of treatment options in a small town setting. We serve the Kawartha Lakes and Durham Lake Region in Ontario including Peterborough, Barrie, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Belleville, Cobourg, Port Hope and surrounding area.
Call us today at 705-320-8001 to set up your appointment and regain your vision and clarity today.