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What is Farsightedness?

Farsightedness (or Hyperopia) causes difficultly focusing on near objects (blurry vision) and in serious cases can cause the patient unable to focus on objects at any distance.

The causes of hyperopia are typically genetic and involve an eye that is too short or a cornea that is too flat, so that images focus at a point behind the retina. People with hyperopia can usually see distant objects well, but have trouble focusing on nearby objects.

Farsightedness can often be confused with Presbyopia - another condition that frequently causes blurry near vision. A patient's age, their visual demands and accommodative ability are often determining factors in a diagnosis or Hyperopia.

Treating Farsighted Patients

Through a thorough eye exam, The Optometrists at Eye Associates can determine the degree of Hyperopia involved and provide the patient with an eyeglass prescription for corrective lenses.

Minor amounts of hyperopia are sometimes left uncorrected. However, larger amounts may be corrected with convex lenses in eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Farsightedness is also sometimes correctable with various refractive surgery procedures (LASIK).

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