Hyperopia

Hyperopia 2012-10-31T19:32:03+00:00

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
  • Eyeglasses
  • Contact Lenses
  • Vision Therapy for Focusing-Related Problems