Hyperopia Symptoms and Treatments

April 25, 2011 — by Dr. Zimmer
Tags: Hyperopia Farsightedness Refractive Error

Some of the most common vision problems that we address here at InSightSM LASIK & Refractive Group are refractive errors. Refractive errors are vision problems related to the way that light passes through the eyes. This could mean myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism.

The team here at our Pittsburgh LASIK surgery center has helped many patients overcome refractive error through effective treatment. We focused on myopia before, so right now we’d like to take a look at hyperopia and discuss what it is and how it can be best treated.

Hyperopia describes a condition in which it is difficult for a person to see objects that are nearby while objects that are far away appear clear and distinct. Hyperopia occurs when the light passing through the eye is focused behind the retina rather than on the retina. In some cases, the hyperopia may be so severe that reading books or a computer monitor is extremely difficult.

There are many different treatment options available for hyperopia, and the best treatment option for you and your needs will be determined by a number of different factors. For that reason, it’s best to speak with an ophthalmologist or your doctor to learn more. That said, we’d like to look at the basic treatments to consider that many have found quite effective.

One of the tried and true treatments for years now has been corrective lenses. Prescription contact lenses and prescription glasses have both been able to enhance the vision, making object that are close appear crisp and distinct without affecting a person’s distance vision.

Another treatment to consider is refractive surgery, such as Pittsburgh PRK or LASIK. Refractive surgery uses safe surgical lasers to reshape the cornea. This will ensure that light focuses on the retina as it should rather than behind it. Some people with dry eye issues or corneal problems may not be good candidate for refractive surgery, however.

If you would like to learn more about your options for treating refractive errors, contact our Pittsburgh laser vision correction center today. We look forward to discussing treatment with you.