Let's talk about Hyperopia this month!
Do you find it difficult to read up close but have no trouble seeing things at a distance? You might be experiencing hyperopia, also known as longsightedness. Hyperopia is a common refractive error of the eye that affects millions of people worldwide. Let's explore what hyperopia is, its causes, symptoms, and available treatment options.
What is Hyperopia?
Hyperopia occurs when the light entering the eye focuses behind the retina, rather than directly on it. The result is that nearby objects appear blurry, while objects in the distance remain relatively clear.
It is primarily caused by the shape of the eye, whereby the eyeball is shorter than usual, or the cornea (the clear front surface of the eye) has a flatter curvature than normal. These structural differences cause light to converge behind the retina instead of directly onto it.
Common symptoms include:
1. Blurred vision when looking at objects up close.
2. Difficulty reading or doing close-up tasks.
3. Eye strain, headaches, or discomfort after extended periods of near vision activities.
4. Squinting to see things clearly.
5. Fatigue or eye strain.
If you experience these symptoms, please come in and see us for an assessment to find out if Hyperopia is the cause.
Diagnosing hyperopia involves a comprehensive eye examination, which will involve checking your visual acuity and a refraction test to determine if you are longsighted. We will also do appropriate ocular health checks to rule out other causes of your presenting symptoms. Here we have listed the main modes of correcting your hyperopia.
1. Eyeglasses: Prescription eyeglasses with lenses designed to bend light rays correctly onto the retina will correct your hyperopia. Depending on your level of hyperopia, you may only need to wear glasses for reading, or you may need to wear multifocal glasses for full time use.
2. Contact Lenses: will correct your hyperopia the same way as glasses but they are inserted onto the front surface of the eye, hence the prescription between your contact lenses and glasses may be slightly different, but the method of correction has the same theory.
3. Refractive Surgery: Laser procedures such as LASIK or PRK can reshape the cornea to correct hyperopia. These surgeries are typically considered for individuals seeking a permanent solution to their vision problems. However depending on individual circumstances refractive surgery may not be suitable for all hyperopic eyes, it is best to come in for a consultation if you are interested in a more permanent method to correct your longsightedness.
In conclusion, hyperopia is a common refractive error that affects the ability to see objects up close clearly. Fortunately, it can be easily diagnosed and managed with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery. If you're experiencing symptoms of hyperopia, don't hesitate to consult with an eye care professional to find the best solution for your visual needs. Taking care of your eyes is essential for a clear and comfortable vision, so make regular eye exams a part of your healthcare routine.
Remember, your vision matters, and there are solutions to help you see the world more clearly, no matter how farsighted you may be. We would love to help you see more clearly and comfortably while looking fabulous!