A leading vision problems: long sightedness
Otherwise known as long sightedness, hyperopia is one of the leading vision problems in Australia and the rest of the world. Find out more about hyperopia below.
What is hyperopia?
Hyperopia is a condition that means distant objects are usually seen clearly, whereas close objects appear blurry and out of focus. It occurs when a person’s eyeball is too short or the curvature isn’t quite right, so light entering the eye does not focus correctly.The level of curvature or length of your eyeball will determine how bad the hyperopia is.
If you have trouble focusing on close objects and find that you get a lot of eye strain or fatigue, you may have hyperopia and need to visit your optometrist for a diagnosis.
How is hyperopia diagnosed?
Hyperopia is diagnosed during an eye exam with your optometrist. To determine if you have hyperopia, your optometrist will conduct a variety of tests, and if you do have it they will use a phoropter (funny looking glasses) to work out what prescription you need.
If you only have very mild hyperopia, treatment may not be necessary.
How is hyperopia treated?
Hyperopia is treated using corrective lenses - either glasses or contact lenses - to alter the way that light enters your eye, meaning you can see in focus.
During an eye exam with your Toowoomba optometrist, they will discuss with you what options you have to adjust your vision. Contact lenses are a popular choice for many people, particularly those that are very active and glasses would be impractical.
Laser surgery is also an option, which can be discussed with your optometrist. However, it is not suitable for everyone.
Whether you have hyperopia or not, you should visit your Toowoomba optometrist at least every two years to maintain the health of your eyes and adjust your prescription if necessary.