What is Hyperopia (a.k.a “long-sightedness”)?
Hyperopia (a.k.a long-sightedness or far-sightedness) is a common eye disorder which causes difficulty in seeing distant objects clearly. Hyperopia is hereditary and is often present from birth. As aging occurs, the severity of hyperopia increases.
A general eye check is sufficient to diagnose hyperopia. It can be done through a standardized eye examination or a standard ophthalmic exam. These general eye tests usually include eye movement testing, glaucoma testing, refraction testing, retinal examination, slit-lamp examination as well as visual acuity.
Hyperopia is a non-serious defect of vision and can be easily treated with corrective eyeglasses and contact lenses. In rarer cases, however, surgical procedures are required. Many patients opt for this method of treatment because they do not wish to wear corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Causes of Hyperopia
Hyperopia is caused by an eye imperfection in which the lens of the eye is not perfectly round enough or if the eyeball is too short. This triggers the visual image on the retina to focus incorrectly, causing images to appear blurry. The poor positioning of the retina in the eye or one’s focusing optical power being too weak may also cause this.
Hyperopia is commonly caused by genetics, but in some cases, hyperopia can also be caused by sinus infections, injuries, migraines and/or aging.
Symptoms of Hyperopia
Some common symptoms of hyperopia include aching eyes, blurred vision, crossed-eyes (especially in children), eye strain and frequent headaches while reading or driving.
Treating Hyperopia with LASIK
Hyperopia can be corrected with LASIK, a type of refractive surgery that uses laser to reshape the cornea. To learn more about LASIK, contact ClearVision using the enquiry form below: