Hyperopia, more commonly referred to as farsightedness, is a common refractive error affecting between 5 and 10 percent of people in the United States. Farsightedness makes it difficult to view objects that are close to your eyes. For people with hyperopia, reading and viewing text messages may appear blurry, making it difficult to perform important daily tasks. At the office of Palisade Eye, we provide care for all types of refractive errors, including farsightedness. As skilled providers of vision care, we offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of every member of your family.
Hyperopia occurs when the eyeball is too short or the cornea is shaped irregularly, which causes light to focus behind the retina rather than directly on it. The condition is sometimes inherited. People with hyperopia have difficulty focusing on objects close-up, which frequently leads to eyestrain, headaches, compromised depth perception and blurred vision. Children with significant hyperopia may experience difficulty concentrating when reading or doing their homework. These visual difficulties can be so significant as to compromise a child’s academic performance. While farsightedness can affect people of all ages, when it occurs after the age of 40 it’s typically attributable to a condition known as presbyopia. It happens as the lens of the eye becomes less flexible with age. To accurately diagnose hyperopia, it’s important to schedule a comprehensive exam at our office so that we can perform a visual acuity test and other diagnostic tests to comfortably assess the anatomy and function of your eyes. Using specialized instruments to measure refractive errors, we can determine the amount of correction needed. By prescribing eyeglasses or fitting contact lenses, we can help improve your eyesight and your visual comfort.
At the office of Palisade Eye, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.
By Palisade Eye
July 10, 2019