Hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, is a common refractive error. It occurs when the cornea doesn't have a smooth curvature. If you have hyperopia, you can clearly see objects in the distance but have trouble seeing objects that are close up. Fortunately, the professionals at Warm Springs Optometric Group can treat the condition.
Who Is at Risk of Hyperopia?
Hyperopia is genetic. It is present at birth, and if one of your parents has this refractive error, you have a chance of having it as well. If both of your parents have hyperopia, your chance of having it increase significantly.
What Are the Symptoms of Hyperopia?
Hyperopia makes it challenging to see close-up objects. The symptoms include:
- Close-up objects appear blurry
- Needing to squint to do close-up work such as reading, writing, and working on the computer or other devices
- Eyestrain or aching around the eyes after long periods of close-up work
- Eye pain and discomfort when doing close-up work
- Headaches after reading for long periods of time
How Is Hyperopia Diagnosed?
Hyperopia can be diagnosed during your annual eye exam. Our optometrist will perform a refractive assessment to determine if you have hyperopia and determine your eyeglass prescription.
How Is Hyperopia Treated?
There are a few treatment options for hyperopia. The treatment you choose is based on your lifestyle, your eyes' health, and your personal preference. The treatment options include:
- Eyeglasses: Eyeglasses are the most common treatment for this condition. If you choose another treatment option, you should have a pair of eyeglasses as a backup.
- Contact lenses: Contact lenses are a common treatment option. Many people prefer glasses over contacts because they provide a more natural appearance. Also, with contacts, your vision won't be obstructed by an eyeglass frame or dirty lenses. Finally, contacts are very popular with athletes and active people.
- Ortho-K: Ortho-K, also known as orthokeratology, are special contact lenses. They are worn overnight, and while you are sleeping, they gently reshape your cornea. When you wake up in the morning, you will be able to see clearly. For best results, these lenses need to be worn every night. If you go 72 hours without wearing the contacts, your vision problems will reoccur, and you will need to wear your glasses.
- Lasik: Lasik is a laser surgical procedure that gently reshapes your cornea. The laser part of the procedure takes just a few seconds, and by the next day, you will be able to see clearly.
Contact Us for Treatment
If you are having trouble seeing close-up, schedule an appointment with Warm Springs Optometric Group in Fremont, CA. Our optometry doctor will perform an eye exam and discuss your treatment options with you. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today.