Hyperopia is a vision condition most often referred to as farsightedness. Approximately 1 in 4 Americans will develop hyperopia in their lifetime. If you struggle to focus on objects near you but are able to see distant objects clearly, you likely have hyperopia.
Just like myopia (nearsightedness)1, hyperopia is a refractive error of the eye. How well we perceive objects both near and far is determined by our eye’s ability to refract light properly. This means that if you have hyperopia, the light entering your eye is refracted (bent) improperly due to an optical imperfection.
Hyperopia occurs when the eye’s length is naturally shortened or the cornea is too flat. This results in an optical imperfection that forces the light entering your eyes to refract improperly.
Much like myopia, the exact cause behind hyperopia is not known at this time, though research suggests that many patients inherit the tendency to develop hyperopia.
The typical symptoms of hyperopia include:
This vision condition is relatively easy to treat. Most patients choose non-invasive treatment via contact lenses2 or eyeglasses3.
If you would like to potentially eliminate the need for prescription eyewear entirely, corrective eye surgery4 may be an ideal treatment option for you. To find out if you would be a good surgery candidate for this procedure, we invite you to book an eye exam5 with one of our Optometrists.