Visual impairments: What is hyperopia? The symptoms, causes and treatment
With this article we want to inform you about hyperopia, also known as farsightedness.
What is hyperopia?
People with hyperopia can have visual difficulties at all distances due to various factors such as age, dioptres and accommodation (in)ability.
Hyperopia, also called farsightedness, is a congenital refractive error. If you are under 30 years old, farsighted and have a low dioptre value, you can probably see well at all distances. If farsightedness is not corrected, you can see well, but you overstrain the muscles in your eyes, which can lead to fatigue or other very common asthenopical symptoms such as headaches, eye pain, blurred vision or even dizziness. With long-lasting, uncorrected hyperopia, the ability to see well up to a certain distance decreases significantly over time.
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What are the symptoms of hyperopia?
If your eyes have hyperopia, you might suffer from:
- trouble focusing on nearby objects
- blurry vision
- eye strain
- fatigue after reading
What causes hyperopia?
If your eyes have farsightedness, the light rays are not focused as they should be. From a physical point of view, the eye is shorter than normal. This causes the light to be focused behind the retina, resulting in blurred vision.
How can you treat hyperopia?
All it takes to diagnose hyperopia is an eye test, easily performed by your eye doctor or optician. Contact lenses, glasses or refractive surgery can correct your vision.
With hyperopia, the prescription that your eye doctor or optician gives you has a positive number, such as +3.00. The higher the number, the stronger the eye condition and the lenses required.