What is it?

Hyperopia, commonly known as farsightedness, is an eye condition affecting close to 25% of people. When affected by hyperopia, you can see objects farther away clearly, but you have trouble viewing objects up close.

How does it happen?

Hyperopia is a result of your eye being too short or your cornea not being curved enough. Either one will cause light to enter your eye incorrectly, so the images are not as focused on your retina. This condition is something you are born with, not a later-developed condition.

What are the symptoms?

The most obvious symptom of hyperopia is an inability to focus on objects up close. Other symptoms that can occur as a result of this may include headaches, fatigue, or achy and burning eyes.

What are my risk factors?

The only risk factor is a family history of hyperopia. It tends to be passed down genetically.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

Usually, a dilated eye exam in combination with visual acuity tests will properly diagnose hyperopia.

The condition of hyperopia is usually treated with the use of glasses or contact lenses. For a more permanent fix, Lasik surgery may be an option as well.

How can I prevent it from happening?

There is no way to prevent hyperopia, but early diagnosis can help you learn to live with it easier.

If you are experiencing similar symptoms to hyperopia, contact us today.