Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

What does farsighted mean?

Hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, is a common condition that affects a person’s ability to see things clearly. People who suffer from Hyperopia have problems seeing close objects clearly. Hyperopic individuals are able to see things at a distance but objects that are close appear blurry. Farsightedness makes close-up tasks such as reading more much more difficult than it should be. Luckily hyperopia can easily be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Continue reading to learn more about hyperopia and how it can be treated.

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  1. What does farsighted mean?
  2. What causes farsightedness?
  3. What are the symptoms of farsightedness?
  4. How is farsightedness treated?

If you suspect you may be suffering from farsightedness (hyperopia), or are having trouble seeing close objects clearly, schedule an eye exam with the San Antonio Eye Professionals today. One of our friendly eye experts will be happy to help you determine the cause of your vision problem and set up a treatment option that works for you. Give us a call or fill out the online contact form below to schedule your eye exam appointment.

 

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What does farsighted mean?

 

Farsightedness is a condition where the patient can see long distances perfectly but have difficulty focusing on objects that are closer. Basically objects that are close to a person who is farsighted appear blurry. This is because the patient’s eye is having trouble focusing light on their retina. What causes farsightedness?

What causes farsightedness?

 

Hyperopia (farsightedness) is caused by a refractive error in the eye. What this means is that instead of focusing light directly on the retina, the focal point of the eye’s refraction is behind the retina. The result of this refractive error is an inability to correctly focus on objects that are close to the eye. 

 

There are two primary reasons why the eye may be focusing light behind the retina. Either the eye is too short, or the refractive power of the eye is too weak. If the distance between the lens and the retina is too short, the focal point of the lens will be behind the retina, resulting in problems focusing on objects that are closer to the eye. Likewise, if the refractive power of the lens is too weak, the light will converge behind the retina. Again, resulting in difficulty focusing on objects that are close to the eye. 

 

What are the symptoms of farsightedness?

 

The most obvious indicator of farsightedness is an inability to clearly see objects that are close to the eye but being able to clearly see objects at a distance. In addition to blurriness patients may also endure a number of other symptoms. Here are some common symptoms of farsightedness (hyperopia) that you should keep an eye out for. 

  • Inability to focus on nearby objects 
  • Blurry vision 
  • Headaches 
  • Eye Strain 
  • Fatigue after a close-up task such as reading. 

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above don’t hesitate to schedule an eye exam with one of our eye professionals today. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form today to schedule your appointment.

 

How is farsightedness treated?

 

Patients who are tired of dealing with farsightedness have a few different treatment options that they can use. The two most common methods of correcting farsightedness are eyeglasses and contact lenses. In some cases wearing glasses for up-close tasks such as reading is sufficient. In other cases glasses may need to be worn on a regular basis. The treatment for farsightedness depends largely on the severity of the refractive error and the preferences of the patient. 

 

Hyperopia (farsightedness) treatment at San Antonio Eye Pro

 

The eye specialists at San Antonio Eye Pro have been helping patients enjoy clear vision since 2013. If you have any questions about farsightedness or are interested in scheduling an eye exam at one of our convenient locations, contact San Antonio Eye Pro today. Give us a call or fill out the online contact form below and one of our friendly eye professionals will be happy to assist you.

 

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