About Hyperopia: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

by: Advanced Laser | April 6, 2013

Hyperopia Symptoms, Causes, and TreatmentsThere are many different kinds of vision problems that people may suffer from. Some may be related to age while others could be the result of genetics. Whatever the case may be, the team at our Oklahoma City LASIK and eye care center are able to correct people’s vision and improve their eyesight through safe and effective means.

One particular vision issue that we address with some regularity is hyperopia. You may have heard the word before, though you may not be clear what it refers to. We’d like to take this opportunity right now to go over the basics of hyperopia so you have a good understanding of what it involves and how it can be treated.

What is hyperopia?

Also referred to as farsightedness, hyperopia refers to the ability to see objects that are at a distance clearly while nearby objects appear hazy or blurry. The condition is caused when light passing through the eyes focuses behind the retina rather than on the retina.

During a routine eye exam, an Oklahoma City eye doctor will be able to determine if you are suffering from hyperopia or another refractive error such as myopia (nearsightedness) or astigmatism.

Symptoms of Hyperopia

The most common symptoms of hyperopia are the inability to see objects that are nearby clearly whereas distant objects are in focus.

Causes of Hyperopia

The most common cause of hyperopia is an irregularly shaped cornea. The cornea is the topmost frontal part of the eye. In order to reshape the cornea, we can use the latest LASIK and vision correction technology or rely on traditional methods of treating refractive error.

A Word on Presbyopia: Age-Related Hyperopia

Another cause of hyperopia is presbyopia. Presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process and involves the hardening of the natural lens of the eye. When this occurs, a person’s near vision is diminished. Note that this form of hyperopia is caused by the lens of the eye while refractive error hyperopia is caused by the cornea.

Treating Hyperopia

There are many different ways that hyperopia can be treated depending on the circumstances of the patient. For refractive error hyperopia, one common and effective treatment is Oklahoma City bladeless LASIK. LASIK will reshape the cornea to ensure that light passes through the eye properly. Glasses and contact lenses can also be used should a patient not be a good candidate for refractive surgery.

To address hyperopia caused by presbyopia, lens implants can be used to replace the natural lens and restore near vision. LASIK can similarly be used to address one eye in a procedure known as monovision LASIK, and glasses can also be considered to account for deficiencies in near vision and distance vision.

Selecting the Best Treatment Option for Me

Our practice is pleased to offer comprehensive eye care services and treatments in order to meet the needs of different patients. During your visit to our practice, we will assess your current situation and your overall medical health in order to figure how best to meet your needs. We will work with you in order to find the best possible solution.

Learn More About Eye Care Treatment Options

For more information about different eye conditions and how we can help you achieve exceptional vision, be sure to contact our Oklahoma City laser eye care center today. We look forward to meeting you in person and discussing all of your options for advanced vision correction in greater detail. We want to bring the world into focus for you.