Hyperopia (farsightedness) is a refractive error that affects many people. In today’s post, Dr. Robert Gerowitz, Optometrist PC, provider of OrthoK molds and other high-quality corrective eyewear options, answers the top questions about this condition.
Q: What Causes Hyperopia?
Hyperopia occurs when the distance between the front and back parts of your eyes is abnormally short, causing light rays to focus in front of the retina rather than directly upon it. Your trusted eye care center explains that this refractive error can be caused by having an unusually rigid cornea.
Q: Who Is at Risk?
As with many eye conditions, heredity is a major risk factor for hyperopia development. If you have any relatives who are farsighted, you may be at a higher risk of developing the condition too. Visiting your optometrist for regular eye exams can help in the early detection and management of this condition.
Q: What Are the Common Symptoms?
People with hyperopia have trouble seeing close-range objects clearly, while their distant-range vision remains sharp. You may experience eyestrain and headaches when you try to read, look at your phone or do other close-range work.
Q: How Is It Different Than Presbyopia?
Although hyperopia and presbyopia both cause close-range vision problems, the underlying cause is different. Hyperopia is caused by having an unusually shaped eye and typically emerges during childhood. Presbyopia, on the other hand, is an age-related problem that occurs when your natural lenses lose their flexibility.
Q: How Do We Manage Hyperopia?
Apart from prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, corneal refractive therapy, also known as Orthokeratology, is another effective vision correction option for hyperopia. It involves using gas-permeable corneal molds that gently eliminate structural infirmities in your cornea as you sleep. Upon waking up, you may remove them and enjoy a good day’s worth of better eyesight.
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