Hyperopia, or farsightedness, refers to a condition in which distance vision is clear, but objects are blurry up close. Light reflected by the lens focuses behind the retina in someone who suffers from hyperopia. Many people with hyperopia complain of poor night vision and difficulty reading. Children often outgrow hyperopia at around the age of nine when the eye stops growing.
Symptoms of Hyperopia
- Blurry close vision
- Occasional blurry distance vision
Are you at risk?
Hyperopia is hereditary, so anyone with a family member who has hyperopia is at risk to have it, as well. Hyperopia treatment is available for those who find they have the condition.
A complete eye exam is necessary to diagnose farsightedness. School screenings rarely detect hyperopia because they specifically test distance vision. A child might go undiagnosed without an expert examination. The professionals at Kleiman | Evangelista Eye Center conduct refractive evaluations, which determine whether your eyes focus light rays exactly on the retina up close and at distance, and a visual acuity test will determine your ability to see sharply and clearly at all distances. The team will also check your eyes’ coordination, muscle control and ability to change focus, all of which are important factors in how well you see. Farsighted correction can be accomplished after your examination at Kleiman | Evangelista.
If you or your child is farsighted, glasses and contact lenses may be used for temporary treatment. Kleiman | Evangelista Eye Center also has several procedures such as LASIK for farsightedness that can surgically reduce or eliminate hyperopia.