Richardson Eye Associates offers treatment options for a variety of eye diseases and vision problems including hyperopia or farsightedness. If you're farsighted, it means you see distant objects more clearly than objects nearby. Our trusted optometrists in Richardson, TX can help to correct your vision by recommending eyeglasses, contact lenses, or eye surgery.
What Causes Hyperopia?
According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), hyperopia affects 5 to 10 percent of Americans including adults and children. It is caused by a refractive error that prevents the lens from bending (refracting) light rays onto the retina. Instead, they focus light behind the retina, thus causing reduced or blurred vision. This error can occur due to an abnormally-shaped cornea or lens, an eyeball that is too short, or aging of the lens. Patients with severe hyperopia see things blurry up close and further away. Hyperopia risk factors include having a farsighted parent or being 40 or older. Age-related farsightedness is called presbyopia.
Hyperopia Sign and Symptoms
- Eye Strain or fatigue
- Aching or burning eyes
- Headaches after close work
- Blurred vision, especially when viewing things up close
While a school vision screening may detect this condition, it can be properly diagnosed by our optometrists following an eye exam and comprehensive vision tests. The eye care specialists will determine the severity of hyperopia and the level of vision correction needed for visual clarity.
Correcting Farsightedness in Richardson, TX
The main goal of treatment is to help your eyes to focus light correctly. After the eye exam, our optometrists will consider your age, vision needs, and lifestyle when deciding on the best option for you. Patients with moderate hyperopia may need prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. These vision correction lenses change the angle at which light makes contact with the retina, thus making images appear clear. Contact lenses provide a clearer and wider field of vision and greater comfort, however, they are not right for everyone.
Severe hyperopia can be corrected with refractive eye surgery such as LASIK or PRK. We usually refer patients to a skilled and reputable surgeon for surgery if necessary. The surgical procedure is done to permanently change the shape of the cornea and the way it refracts light. In addition to improving your vision, it can reduce or eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Schedule an Eye Exam with Our Eye Care Specialists
At Richardson Eye Associates in Richardson, TX, we take an individualized approach to patient care. This helps us to provide the best treatment option and overall experience. Your eye doctor will discuss your options and help you decide on progressive lenses or bifocal contact lenses. We also offer pre and post-operative care to patients needing LASIK or PRK eye surgery. Call (972) 231-3439 to make an appointment today.