Hyperopia is a relatively common problem that causes nearby objects to appear blurry. At Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Associates, in Leesburg, FL, and the surrounding areas, Drs. Craig Fishman and Jeffrey Sheridan can diagnose hyperopia and offer patients a range of treatment options, including eyeglasses and contact lenses. With a variety of frames and lenses to choose from, you are sure to find the right type for your style and health needs.
What is Hyperopia?
Also known as farsightedness, hyperopia is not a disease but a refractive error that results from the structure of the eye itself. Normally, your eye refracts or refocuses light so that it is targeted to the center of the retina at the back of the eye, from which point the information is routed to the brain. However, a hyperopic eye is either disproportionately short or has an insufficiently curved cornea. As a result, light is focused behind the retina and close-up objects cannot come into focus.
Some of the most common signs of farsightedness include blurred vision, squinting, headaches, and eye fatigue.
According to the National Eye Institute, about five to ten percent of all Americans are affected by hyperopia. There are numerous potential causes. In some cases, it is congenital: while many children are born with the condition and simply outgrow it, others are affected by it throughout their life. In other cases, the eye can change shape over time as a result of natural growth. Some of the most common signs of farsightedness include blurred vision, squinting, headaches, and eye fatigue.
However, hyperopia is distinct from presbyopia. While the latter condition also results in farsightedness, it is a consequence of the lens losing flexibility over time, rather than a result of eye shape.