As much as 25% of Americans have a condition known as Hyperopia, or more commonly called “farsightedness.” Essentially, anyone with Hyperopia has no difficulty seeing things from afar, but when approaching objects or the environment up close, the individual’s eyesight is diminished.
If a person has Hyperopia there’s a good chance the individual will suffer from eyestrain, headaches, and you may see the individual struggling or squinting when trying to see things up close. If looking at things close up and working with things in close range, a person can get fatigued doing so because of the constant strain on the eyes. If you notice visual difficulties seeing things up close, whether wearing contacts or glasses (or not), you need to see an eye doctor. You can get glasses or lenses to remedy the issue, and if you already have vision wear, you can get a prescription upgrade.
This condition occurs because light rays are focusing not on the retina, but behind it instead. When a person has Hyperopia the eyeball shape may be shorter than a normal eye. Some kids have farsightedness when born, but through development, the shape of the eye changes and normalizes, thereby eradicating issues with farsightedness.
It’s important to note that Presbyopia and Hyperopia are not the same things, even though the conditions share similar symptoms. The main difference is that presbyopia has an onset that occurs in adults over the age of 40 whereas Hyperopia occurs in both children and adults.
Treatments for Hyperopia
If you are dealing with issues related to farsightedness, there are corrective remedies. You can use lenses or eyeglasses to improve your vision. If you see your eyeglass prescription and it reads a number similar to +2.50, you have Hyperopia. The degree of your farsightedness will determine what vision corrective measures are best for you: Either contacts or eyeglasses. You may only have to use corrective lenses while working, reading, or using a PC, or it may be necessary for you to rely on corrective lenses all of the time unless doing work up-close. Finally, PRK and LASIK, two refractive surgical procedures, are alternative measures for treating farsightedness and correcting your vision.