Hyperopia, aka farsightedness, is a common vision problem for young and old alike. People with hyperopia have trouble focusing on objects up close, but can see clearly at a distance. At Cape Fear Eye Associates, our Fayetteville, NC, eye doctor can diagnose hyperopia during a routine eye exam. If you have this refractive vision error, we can prescribe corrective lenses in the form of eyeglasses or contacts to correct your sight.


Causes of Hyperopia

Quality vision is dependent on the health and performance of the different parts of your eyes. If all the components of your eye are in perfect condition, chances are you’ll have great sight. If any part of your eye is not functioning as it should, you may experience vision problems like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia, or astigmatism.   

Hyperopia is a refractive error caused by light not bending properly when it enters the eye due to having a “flat” shaped cornea or shortened eye. These imperfections cause the light to enter behind the retina of your eye instead of on it, which blurs your short-range sight. Hyperopia can be hereditary, with symptoms often showing up during childhood.   

Effects of Hyperopia

People with hyperopia have to exert more effort to see nearby objects clearly, causing a strain on their eyes. Hyperopia makes activities like reading, writing, or working on a computer more difficult, due to the stress close range work puts on your eyes. In addition to eye fatigue, you may experience blurred vision or double vision when trying to sustain close-range work projects for long periods of time.

Hyperopia can be easily diagnosed through an eye exam. Our optometry specialist can detect this refractive error when testing your eye health and the quality of your sight. Modern vision care technology makes it easy for optometrists to pinpoint visual problems and determine their severity in order to provide the most accurate prescription for corrective lenses to improve their patients’ sight.  

Treatment for Hyperopia

If you have hyperopia, your eye care specialist will prescribe corrective lenses to correct your vision so you can enjoy optimal sight. Both prescription eyeglasses and contacts are effective in treating this condition. LASIK surgery can also be used to correct symptoms of hyperopia. Through LASIK surgery, your eye doctor can alter the curvature of the cornea of your eye to correct your refraction and improve your vision, eliminating your need for glasses or contacts to enjoy quality sight.

See Your Fayetteville, NC, Optometry Specialist for Hyperopia Diagnosis and Treatment

To schedule an eye exam for diagnosing myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism, contact Cape Fear Eye Associates in Fayetteville, NC, at 910-484-2284. We’re here to meet all your eye care needs.

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