Farsightedness

The opposite condition to myopia is Hyperopia (farsightedness). Instead of an ability to see near objects better than far, the hyperopic eye sees far objects better than near. The hyperopic eye is a shortened oval, as compared to a normal eye. This shortness causes light to focus behind the retina, causing the perception of a blurred image.

Treatment

Various eye care professionals, including ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians, are involved in the treatment and management of hyperopia. At the conclusion of an eye examination, an eye doctor may provide the patient with an eyeglass prescription for corrective lenses.

Minor amounts of hyperopia are sometimes left uncorrected. However, larger amounts may be corrected with convex lenses in eyeglasses or contact lenses. Convex lenses have a positive dioptric value, which causes the light to focus closer than its normal range.

Hyperopia is sometimes correctable with various refractive surgery procedures (LASIK). It can also be corrected with special convex lenses.

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