Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is a common vision problem, affecting about a fourth of the population. Those with hyperopia can see distant objects very well but have difficulty focusing on objects that are up close. If you have hyperopia, you may experience headaches or eye strain. Additionally, you may squint or feel fatigued when reading or doing work at close range. This happens because you involuntarily exert extra effort to maintain clear distance vision, and even greater effort to see clearly at close range. As a result, reading or working on a computer can be somewhat difficult. Common symptoms include aching or burning eyes, and irritability or nervousness after sustained concentration.
Farsightedness occurs when your eyeball is too short or the cornea has too little curvature. In both cases, your eye can’t correctly focus on the light that enters it. As a result, vision can become blurry.
Common vision screenings, like the ones done in schools, often don’t detect hyperopia. However, a comprehensive eye exam will include the necessary testing to diagnose whether or not your are farsighted. Eyeglasses or contact lenses are the most common methods of correcting hyperopia symptoms. They work by refocusing light rays on the retina, compensating for the shape of your eye. They can also help protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light rays. A special lens coating that screens out UV light is available.
The most appropriate vision correction for you depends on your eyes and your lifestyle. During your eye exam we will discuss your lifestyle to develop the most effective treatment for you. If you would like to speak to an eye care professional to learn more our comprehensive eye exams, contact our office at (805) 522-7007.