Farsightedness

WHAT IS FARSIGHTEDNESS?

Farsightedness, also known as 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, and the condition is generally present from birth. An individual with farsightedness typically can see distant objects clearly but has trouble bringing close-up objects into proper focus.

Symptoms of farsightedness can include difficulty concentrating, frequent eye strain, fatigue, headaches, and aching eyes.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Diagnosis of hyperopia is made during a routine eye exam. Farsightedness can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses, or refractive surgery such as LASIK eye surgery.

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT?

For your accommodation mechanism to”self-correct” your hyperopia, you must use continuous focusing effort. If that does not cause symptoms or problems, your hyperopia can be left alone. Not correcting it will not harm your eyes in any way. However, if you are experiencing hyperopia that causes the symptoms referenced above, the additional power needed can be supplied by eyeglasses or contact lenses.

For those looking to lessen their dependence on glasses and contacts, vision correction procedures are a safe, effective method to potentially eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses. Request an appointment today to discuss your options for correcting farsightedness.

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