Hyperopia

Having visual farsightedness (hyperopia) is an extraordinarily common condition that typically requires one to wear some type of corrective eyewear, depending on severity. Distant objects can often be seen much more clearly than those up-close, which appear blurry and sometimes indistinguishable. The Laser Eye Center offers a number of options, including LASIK laser eye surgery, to help you improve vision impaired by hyperopia without the need for traditional glasses or contact lenses.

Light focuses behind the retina causing  blurry close vision

Light focuses behind the retina causing blurry close vision

Distant objects typically  appear clearly

Distant objects typically appear clearly

Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

Farsightedness is present when the eye is not long enough, or the cornea is misshapen, leading to images being focused behind the retina instead of on the retina itself. As we age, hyperopia is more likely to occur. While farsightedness typically allows you to see distant objects relatively clearly, it can sometimes be severe enough to render even those images blurry.

Causes

Hyperopia is a visual refractive error that is most likely caused by genetics. Some people have very mild cases of farsightedness that may not even require a corrective eyewear prescription, and some patients have cases that are so severe they may need very thick glasses or surgery to reshape the cornea. It is essential that children be given an eye exam by a professional ophthalmologist to determine if they are farsighted. If the condition is severe and left untreated, it can lead to other problems such as amblyopia, commonly referred to as “lazy eye,” or strabismus (crossed eyes).

Symptoms

The most apparent symptom of hyperopia (farsightedness) is blurred vision when looking at objects close to the eyes. Objects at far distances are typically seen more clearly; however, in cases of severe hyperopia, these can also appear fuzzy. Some mildly farsighted individuals are unaware of their condition because the eye’s lens can naturally accommodate it. But as they age, hyperopia tends to get worse and they will most likely need treatment.

Treatment

The good news about hyperopia is that there are many effective treatments available to correct the problem. Prescription eyeglasses and/or contact lenses are some of the most common; however, refractive eye surgery procedures such as LASIK and PRK can dramatically improve vision while reducing the need for corrective eyewear.

For more information on farsightedness (hyperopia), please contact our ophthalmologists in the Los Angeles, California region.