What is Hyperopia?
- Hyperopia is the medical term for ‘farsightedness’.
- In a hyperopic eye, distant objects such as a movie screen may be seen clearly, however, near objects do not properly focus.
- Having an eyeball that is too short or a cornea that has too little curvature are usually the reasons for hyperopia.
- The short length or lack of curvature causes light entering the eye not to focus properly on the retina, which causes blurred vision.
What are the Symptoms of Hyperopia?
- Blurred near vision
- Eye strain, fatigue and headaches
- Difficulty concentrating or maintaining focus
- Burning or irritated eyes
How Common is Hyperopia?
- Being farsighted is very common in the United States.
- Nearly 50% of the population has some degree of hyperopia
- Certain groups of people are more at risk for hyperopia due to genetics or lifestyles
- People with hyperopic parents and African-Americans tend to be hyperopic more often
What Causes Hyperopia?
- Most hyperopia is genetic, meaning you inherit it from mom and dad
- Some evidence points to environmental factors as a potential cause of hyperopia as well.
When does Hyperopia Occur?
- Hyperopia generally develops during childhood.
- Most people are born with some degree of hyperopia
How is Hyperopia Diagnosed?
- Diagnosing hyperopia begins with a comprehensive eye exam at Ducklo EyeCare
- During this exam, your doctor uses tests such as visual acuity and machines such as a phoropter to determine the degree of hyperopia
- Sometimes, it may be necessary for your doctor to use eye drops to evaluate the health of your eyes more thoroughly
How is Hyperopia Treated?
- If mild, some people are able to compensate for their hyperopia without vision correction
- Contact Lenses
- Vision Therapy for Focusing-Related Problems