Farsightedness, also known as hyperopia, is a refractive error that causes close up objects to appear blurry. This is a common condition, and it occurs when the light that enters your eyes is bend, which distorts your vision. Our eye doctor at Optique can diagnose and treat farsightedness.
What Causes Farsightedness?
Farsightedness is often present at birth, and it progresses over time. This condition also runs in families. If one of your parents is farsighted, there is a good chance that you will be as well. If both of your parents are farsighted, your chances of having it increase dramatically.
What Are the Symptoms Of Farsightedness?
If you are farsighted, you will experience a few symptoms. These include:
- Objects close up appear blurry
- Needing to squint to see close up objects clearly
- Headaches are prolonged close up work such as reading, writing, and using the computer or other digital devices
- Burning eyes
- Aching around the eyes
How Is Farsightedness Diagnosed?
Our optometrist can diagnose farsightedness during a comprehensive eye exam. We will perform a visual acuity test to determine how well you can see objects close up. We will also perform a dilated eye exam to determine if your symptoms are due to another disease or condition of the eye.
Farsightedness vs. Presbyopia
Many people confuse farsightedness and presbyopia because the symptoms are similar; however, the two are different. Farsightedness occurs at birth and is a refractive error. Presbyopia often occurs around the age of 40. As you get older, the lens of your eye begins to harden. Because it has lost its flexibility, it can no longer change shape to focus on close up objects.
How Is Farsightedness Treated?
There are a few treatment methods for farsightedness. These include:
- Eyeglasses: A pair of eyeglasses with the correct prescription will help you see closeup objects clearly. You would only need to wear your glasses when you are doing close up work.
- Contact lenses: Contact lenses treat farsightedness the same way that eyeglasses do; however, you would leave them in all day.
- Lasik: Lasik is a laser surgical procedure that gently reshapes your cornea. When your cornea is shaped correctly, you will be able to see clearly without glasses or contacts.
- Ortho-K: Ortho-K is a special kind of lens that would only be worn at night. While you are sleeping, the lenses will reshape your cornea. When you wake up in the morning, you will be able to see clearly for the entire day. For this treatment to be effective, you would need to wear the lenses every night. Ortho-K is an excellent option for anyone who has been told that they would be a poor candidate for Lasik.
Annual eye exams with our eye doctor at Optique in Dallas are essential for your vision and the health of your eye. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 214-252-1801.