Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

April 07, 2017

Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

What is far-sightedness?

Farsightedness or hyperopia is a vision condition in which there is often no blurred vision in children, but the difficulty in maintaining concentration when reading and learning, or resulting in an eye turning inward, intermittent blurring of vision, eye strain, fatigue and/or headaches in more severe cases. In teenagers/adults, symptoms may initially be more noticeable when reading, with distance vision deteriorating as time goes.

How is far-sightedness detected?

Farsightedness can be effectively diagnosed during a comprehensive eye examination. General vision screenings often miss this condition as the reading of the letters on a distant chart is often normal, especially in children.

How does far-sightedness affect my vision?
If you are farsighted, you involuntarily exert extra effort to maintain clear distance vision and even greater effort to see clearly at close range. This extra effort causes fatigue, tension and discomfort. If the crystalline lens of the eye cannot bring the object into focus, blurred vision occurs. The amount of focus available to clear the image is age dependent.

How is far-sightedness treated?

In mild cases, your eyes may be able to compensate adequately without the need for corrective lenses or spectacles may only be required for reading/studying and computer work. In more severe cases, your optometrist may recommend full-time wear of spectacles or contact lenses.