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Farsightedness (hyperopia)

Farsightedness, also known as hyperopia, is a refractive error that causes nearby objects to look blurry. It results from an alteration in eye shape that makes light focus behind the retina (the light-sensitive tissue layer at the back of your eye) instead of on the retina.

If you have hyperopia, your eye doctor may prescribe contact lenses or eyeglasses to aid in better vision.

Symptoms of farsightedness

Farsightedness often causes the following symptoms.

If your farsightedness is sore, you may not notice these symptoms, which makes regular eye exams important. Your eye doctor can diagnose farsightedness and ensure you see clearly.

Children with severe farsightedness may have a higher risk of other eye problems, such as crossed eyes or lazy eyes (amblyopia).

Causes of farsightedness

Farsightedness occurs when the eyeballs are smaller from front to back, or the lens (inner part of the eye responsible for focusing) or cornea (clear front layer of the) has an irregular shape. These problems may cause light to focus behind the retina, making nearby objects appear blurry.

Most people with farsightedness are born with it, but vision problems may not occur until they are older. You are more likely to have hyperopia if other family members have this refractive error.

How will my eye doctor diagnose farsightedness?

Your eye doctor can diagnose farsightedness during a comprehensive eye exam. This eye exam is painless and simple.

Treatment for farsightedness

The common hyperopia treatments are contact lenses or eyeglasses. Your eye doctor will recommend the right lenses to aid in better vision. The doctor may also recommend surgery for adults with farsightedness. The surgery helps change the cornea’s shape to focus light better.

Regular eye exams are vital to diagnose eye conditions or refractive errors like farsightedness. You can get regular eye exams at Optimal Vision to check for hyperopia. Visit our clinic today or contact us at 020 7183 3725 to schedule an appointment.

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