Hyperopia Diagnosis and Treatment by Our Optometry Team
Farsightedness (hyperopia) interferes with your ability to see things up close. The opposite of myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia is caused by your eyes being too short in length, which inhibits incoming light from reaching the retina. Unless light entering your eyes is focused directly on your retina, one or more refractive errors (such as farsightedness or nearsightedness) can prevent you from seeing well without wearing corrective lenses. In some cases, abnormally shaped corneas or eye lenses (instead of shortened eyeballs) can lead to symptoms of hyperopia such as blurry vision and headaches from eye strain.
How Does Your Optometrist Diagnose Hyperopia?
Using Snellen alphabet eye charts, your eye doctor can quickly determine whether you have hyperopia by asking you to read smaller letters at a close distance. A retinoscope reflecting a beam of light off your retina also aids your eye doctor in diagnosing farsightedness. Finally, an ophthalmological instrument called a phoropter measures precisely your degree of farsighted refractive errors.
Eyeglasses and contact lenses are the most common types of treatment for hyperopia. Some people find that contact lenses work better to provide relief from symptoms of farsightedness and to improve vision affected by hyperopia. This is because contacts offer wider vision fields and refract light better than eyeglass lenses. If you are interested in contact lenses, talk to your eye doctor about getting fitted for contacts.
Refractive surgery is another option for people with hyperopia who do not want to wear glasses or contacts. LASIK surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that reshapes the cornea to improve the way light is refracted and focused on the retina. If you have mild to moderate hyperopia, refractive surgery may reduce dependency on corrective lenses or even eliminate your need to wear glasses or contacts.
Another procedure designed to improve vision affected by mild farsightedness or presbyopia, an age-related vision issue, is conductive keratoplasty. Taking less than 10 minutes to complete, conductive keratoplasty does not require lasers nor is any corneal tissue removed. Your eye surgeon simply numbs your eyes with special eye drops and uses a small probe to transmit radio waves into certain areas of the cornea to slightly modify its shape. Following conductive keratoplasty, most patients can read small print without wearing eyeglasses or contacts. In addition, you can have conductive keratoplasty even if you have had previous laser surgeries for nearsightedness or astigmatism.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometry Team
If you are having difficulty reading fine print or seeing things up close, please call (303) 254-4888 to schedule an appointment at Best Eyecare Associates.