What is hyperopia?

Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is the opposite condition of myopia. The hyperopic patient cannot distinguish close objects with clarity. Particularly, there are difficulties for near vision and reading.

Hyperopia occurs when the eyeball is too short in its total length or when the anterior corneal curvature is not sufficiently pronounced. The light then focuses behind the retina instead of focusing directly on its surface, resulting in blurred vision.

People with hyperopia often complain of headaches or eyestrain due to the constant effort of the lens to accommodate (adjust) and form a clear image at far and more close distances.

Hyperopia can occur at a young age.

How is hyperopia treated?

Hyperopia can be corrected by wearing glasses or contact lenses. However, in adulthood, when the condition has stabilized and no longer evolves, your ophthalmologist may suggest a laser procedure or phakic lenses.

When hyperopia is combined with a cataract or presbyopia, it can be corrected with trifocal technology. Find out more