What is Hyperopia ?
Hyperopia or also known as farsightedness is a vision problem specifically a refractive error that affects a person’s ability to focus on objects that are up close. This means that your eye does not refract light properly; hence, what you see clearly are distant objects.
Who is at Risk for Hyperopia?
Hyperopia primarily affects children and it is possible that they have inherited such vision problem from their parents who have the same condition.
You may also be at risk for hyperopia as you age.
What Causes Hyperopia?
The precise cause of hyperopia is having an eye that is shorter than the normal. This means that your eye is too short and the images focus to a point beyond the retina.
Likewise, hyperopia may occur when your cornea is too flat or if it is not curved enough.
What are the Symptoms of Hyperopia?
Common symptoms of hyperopia include eyestrain, difficulty focusing on close up objects, headaches, crossed eyes, and persistent squinting.
You may not be able to detect these symptoms immediately but will eventually appear or occur as the condition gets worse.
How is Hyperopia Treated?
Hyperopia can be corrected by various methods- from wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses to undergoing surgical procedures such as LASIK, Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK), LASEK, and Epi-LASIK.
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