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June 26, 2013

What is Hyperopia?

farsightedness-diagramHyperopia, or farsightedness, is a vision condition that causes a person to see distant objects clearly, but does not allow objects that are up close to come into focus properly. Farsightedness can affect anyone from children to adults. Nearly five out of ten Americans will develop the eye condition. It is thought that children of farsighted parents are at an increased risk of farsightedness as well.

The cause of farsightedness or hyperopia is an abnormal shape of the cornea or lens or an eye that is shorter in length than average. When either of these things occur, incoming light is not focused on the retina, which causes blurred vision. Blurred vision from farsightedness is caused when eyes improperly focus images behind the retina instead of on the retina.

Not everyone who has farsightedness has the same symptoms. Common symptoms of farsightedness include:

Fortunately, farsightedness can be corrected by wearing eyeglasses, contact lenses or undergoing refractive surgery. Eyeglasses are usually the most safe and straightforward solution for correcting the condition. Though not always an option for everyone, contact lenses are also a way to correct farsightedness. When worn, contact lenses become the first refractive surface that light hits when entering the eye. This surface allows precise focus and may provide clearer vision, a wider field of view and greater comfort than wearing eyeglasses. Lastly, refractive surgery is intended to forever alter the shape of the cornea to improve vision.

If you find that you suffer from the symptoms of farsightedness, make an appointment at your local Doctors Vision Center eye doctor today.


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