What is Hyperopia?
Great vision is an important factor in an individual's general quality of life. Vision problems can impact daily activities, job performances, hobbies, and even exercises. Hyperopia, often called farsightedness, is among the most common types of vision impairments. Most infants are born with hyperopia but outgrow it. Some, however, are so farsighted their eyes will turn in and if not treated some will develop permanent vision loss. Around 5 – 10 percent of the people in our country are impacted by hyperopia. Hyperopia causes the decreased ability to focus on objects that are near the eyes, such as words or images.
At Eye Surgeon Direct, our experienced team can examine you for farsightedness and go over all of your possible treatment options. Please schedule your appointment at our San Antonio, TX practice for a thorough vision exam with Dr. Kristin Held.
What to expect with farsightedness diagnosis and treatment
Hyperopia refers to the inability to clearly see things up close. Commonly known as farsightedness, hyperopia occurs because of an abnormally shaped eye or cornea. When your eye is not long enough from the front to back, it widens the curvature, creating issues with how light reaches the retina. In other cases, when the cornea is too flat, light entering the eye will not reach the retina correctly. For most patients, hyperopia already exists at birth; however, children may sometimes outgrow their farsightedness as their eyes continue to develop. Some adults who are extremely farsighted can be at risk for acute angle closure glaucoma and may need laser or lens surgery.
During a one-on-one at Eye Surgeon Direct, Dr. Held will conduct a complete eye exam to assess your overall eye health. Each comprehensive exam will include vision acuity tests to determine if you have hyperopia. The tests generally include:
- Performing a visual acuity exam
- Performing a corneal topography to assess the shape of your cornea
- Measuring your prescriptions with a phoropter
- Evaluating the anterior chamber depth, iris features, and lens status with slit lamp biomicroscopy
- Reviewing the health of your retina with a direct and indirect ophthalmoscope
If we determine that you have farsightedness, we may provide several options to meet your lifestyle needs, such as eyeglasses, contact lenses, LASIK, PRK, or refractive lens surgery.
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GREAT VISION FOR GREAT DAYS
Those who live with farsightedness can struggle with daily activities, causing issues when working or at home. Working on the computer and reading small print is extremely difficult. Wearing prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses can enhance your vision and create a positive change in your general well-being. If you have issues with your near vision, please contact the Eye Surgeon Direct team to schedule your comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Held. She has helped many San Antonio, TX residents get their clearest eyesight.