Hyperopia, more popularly referred to as farsightedness, is one of the most common refractive errors. In fact, 14 million Americans currently have this problem. This may compromise not only your visual health, but also your overall well-being and daily efficiency. Let your expert eye doctor from Clear View Vision Care discuss its risk factors, causes, and management.
Causes And Risk Factors
Farsightedness develops when the distance between your cornea and retina is too short, potentially displacing received light rays. Instead of settling directly on your retina, light accumulates behind it. This may impair the light-bending cycle in your eyes, resulting in vision problems. Keep in mind that this refractive error runs in the family, so if any of your relatives are farsighted, it’s likely that you are too. Farsightedness commonly manifests in childhood.
Common Signs And Symptoms
Hyperopic individuals usually have a hard time reading books, sewing, cooking, and doing other close work. You may also experience severe headaches and nausea while trying to finish such tasks. That said, you have no problems seeing distant figures clearly. You can easily read street signs or recognize faces from afar. If you notice any of these, seek help from your reliable optometrist as soon as possible. We may perform an eye exam to confirm this condition. We may also evaluate if you need to use prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, or orthokeratology lenses.
Our Recommended Treatment
During your comprehensive eye exam, we may include a visual acuity test to measure your eyes’ sharpness. If we find signs of hyperopia, we’ll then ask you to look at different lens powers from a phoropter. This serves as our guide in establishing the most appropriate prescription for your eyeglasses or contact lenses.
We also have ortho k lenses, which are designed for overnight vision correction. If corrective eyewear seems inadequate at managing your refractive error, we may include vision therapy in your treatment plan as well. This includes performing a set of eye exercises and activities for a certain time, improving your eyes’ various functions and coordination with your brain.
For more information about farsightedness, call us at (520) 394-6111. You may also fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve Tucson and nearby AZ areas.