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Successful Treatment of Hyperopia

Wed 11th Mar 2009 - 5:18 pm - Back to Article Selection

Hyperopia is the technical term for farsightedness (or long-sightedness) and simply means that a person has the ability to see distance, but difficulty in viewing objects up close. When an object moves closer, vision becomes blurry as the eye is unable to focus on the object.

Some signs that a person might be suffering with Hyperopia include frequent headaches while reading or working on the computer. A sure sign that an individual might be suffering with untreated Hyperopia is if they hold written material away from them, in order to read the print. Their eyes have difficulty focusing on objects, especially the printed word, and the end result is blurred vision. These individuals have no difficulty reading road signs in the distance, but reading a book or magazine can be quite tenuous as the eye struggles to focus. Hyperopia tends to increase with age and baby boomers might be the generation hit hardest with this particular vision problem. The symptoms develop gradually and therefore might be difficult to recognize at first. It is only when headache frequency increases, and the inability to concentrate at work becomes more pronounced, that a diagnosis might be made. Leisure activity will also be impacted, and the simplest activities such as reading a menu or focusing on faces during conversation becomes intolerable.

What treatment options are available for the person struggling with Hyperopia?

The most dramatic method of treating Hyperopia is through the use of laser treatment which helps to reshape the cornea. This allows light to be redirected closer to the retina in order to correct the blurriness and inability to focus on objects that are near. Laser treatment is becoming a popular option for individuals who have the resources to pay for this surgery out of pocket; it is an optional surgery and quite often not covered by insurance. The most popular method of correcting farsightedness is through the use of specially designed and inexpensive contact lenses and/or glasses. In a work environment, the treatment of farsightedness is essential in being able to carry out the basic functions of reading, writing, using a computer or even human interaction in close quarters.

Contact lenses are an effective method of treating Hyperopia, and will correct the blurry vision that might be the root cause of tension headaches, difficulty concentrating, and reduction of work productivity. There are a variety of eye care professionals that may be involved in the treatment and diagnosis of Hyperopia. These include ophthalmologists, optometrists, orthoptists and opticians. If Hyperopia is suspected, there are many treatment options available that are inexpensive and effective. Do not let an untreated vision problem interfere with normal daily functioning, when a highly qualified eye care professional can easily diagnose and treat your condition.

Disclaimer: The author is not a medical doctor, optician, ophthalmologist or any other medical professional, this article has been compiled using a variety of internet reference sources and while every effort has been made to ensure accuracy this cannot be guaranteed. No preference for product or brand is inferred or intended and the contents of this article are not to be used in whole or in part to inform a decision regarding any aspect of contact lens use.

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