Hyperopia – Farsightedness

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Do you have difficulty seeing objects at a close distance? If so, you may have a vision problem called hyperopia. Hyperopia is more commonly called farsightedness. This condition is the opposite of myopia (nearsightedness), which impairs your ability to see objects clearly at a distance. People with hyperopia often need glasses for tasks such as reading, viewing the computer, or sewing.

Hyperopia occurs when the outer surface of your eye, called the cornea, has a curvature that is too flat. As a result, light does not focus properly, resulting in blurry vision for objects that are up close.  People who are farsighted may be able to see details clearly for objects at a distance, but they cannot read the words in a book or magazine in front of their eyes.

As with nearsightedness, hyperopia is often caused by genetics. In many cases, it is present at birth. But unlike nearsightedness, many children born with hyperopia outgrow the condition as their eye changes shape.

Treatment for Farsightedness

The most common treatment for farsightedness is still eyeglasses or contact lenses. In most cases, farsighted people only need corrective lenses for reading, but can see fine without glasses in situations where they are not viewing something up-close.

If you are tired of the hassles associated with constantly putting reading glasses on and then removing them throughout the day, you can undergo laser vision correction. Procedures such as LASIK and PRK are performed to reshape the cornea and restore clear vision at close distances. At your initial consultation, our ophthalmologists will perform a thorough eye examination to determine which laser vision correction option will most effectively achieve your goals.

Please contact Eye Care Specialists today to schedule a consultation with one of our ophthalmologists. We serve patients in Scranton, Wilkes Barre, Kingston, and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.