Hyperopia Diagnosis and Treatment
Hyperopia is also known as farsightedness. It is a refractive error that allows you to see objects in the distance clearly, but makes objects up close appear blurry. This refractive error occurs when your eyeball is shorter than it should be or isn't curved enough. At Eye Care Specialists of Florida in Kissimmee, FL, we can help you manage hyperopia and explain your treatment options.
Who Is at Risk for Hyperopia?
This refractive error is often present at birth, and it runs in families. If one of your parents has hyperopia, you have a 25 percent chance of developing it yourself. If both parents have hyperopia, the chance increases to 50 percent.
What Are the Symptoms of Hyperopia?
As mentioned above, hyperopia makes nearby objects appear blurry. The other symptoms include:
- Needing to squint to see nearby objects clearly
- Burning eyes
- Aching in and around the eyes
- Headaches when performing closeup tasks for long periods of time
How Is Hyperopia Diagnosed?
Hyperopia can be diagnosed during an annual eye exam. During the exam, our ophthalmologist will have you read the letters on a wall chart and reading eye chart. If you have trouble seeing letters up close, you may have hyperopia. We will also perform a refraction. Our ophthalmologist will have you look through several lenses to determine the severity of your refractive error and determine your prescription.
There are a few treatment options for hyperopia. The one you choose would depend on your personal preference.
- Eyeglasses: Eyeglasses are the most common hyperopia treatment. Once you have your prescription and lenses, you can choose an eyeglass frame that looks good on you.
- Contact lenses: Contact lenses are an excellent alternative to eyeglasses. Contacts are simple and natural-looking. They are also great for those who are active and don’t want to worry about glasses falling off. If you want to wear contacts, there are several options to choose from.
- Ortho-K: Ortho-K, also known as orthokeratology, are special lenses. Unlike traditional contacts that are worn during the day, these contacts are worn at night. While you sleep, the contacts gently reshape your cornea, correcting your refractive error. When you wake up in the morning and remove the contacts, you will see clearly. As long as you wear the contacts every night, you won't need to rely on glasses or contacts during the day. These contacts are an excellent option if you have dry eye syndrome or are a poor candidate for Lasik.
- Lasik surgery: Lasik surgery is a laser surgical procedure performed to reshape your cornea. This is a permanent treatment option, so you will no longer need to rely on glasses or contacts to see clearly.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Ophthalmologist
If you are far sighted or are having vision problems, we can help. At Eye Care Specialists of Florida in Kissimmee, FL, our ophthalmologist will diagnose your hyperopia and go over hyperopia treatment options with you. Call us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services.