Hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, is the most common refractive error. It occurs when close objects appear out of focus, either because the eyeball is too short, or because the eye’s refractive power is too weak due to the shape of the cornea (lens) inside the eye.
Symptoms of Hyperopia
Diagnosis of Hyperopia
Hyperopia can be diagnosed during a general eye exam by a:
- Visual acuity test to measure vision at distances
- Refraction test to determine the correct prescription for glasses
- Slit-lamp exam to assess the structures of the eyes
Treatment Options for Hyperopia
- Contact lenses
- Corneal-based corrective laser surgery, such as laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)
- Lens-based surgery using a special intraocular lens implant
Consult with your eye doctor during routine exams to evaluate your risk for developing hyperopia and to discuss any next steps.