Hyperopia Treatment at Chico Vision Care Optometry
Hyperopia, also called farsightedness, is a refractive vision error that affects 5-10% of Americans. Hyperopia occurs when you can see objects at a distance clearly but have blurry vision when looking at objects close to you. Fortunately, Chico Vision Care Optometry in Chico, CA, can effectively treat hyperopia with prescription lenses. We can also provide vision correction and eye exercises to manage myopia and astigmatism. Our optometry team is here to explain the causes, symptoms, and treatments for hyperopia.
Causes of Hyperopia
Ordinarily, light enters your eyes through the cornea, hits the lenses, and gets correctly refracted onto the retina at the back of your eyes. However, the light does not always fall on the retina correctly due to the shape of the eye, the cornea, or the lens. This incorrect light placement causes refractive errors such as astigmatism, hyperopia, and myopia. Hyperopia, or farsightedness, occurs when the light focuses behind the retina, causing blurry vision when looking at nearby objects.
Farsightedness can lead to blurry vision when looking at close objects, difficulty reading books or hand-held materials, headaches, and poor depth perception. You may also experience eye strain and burning sensations in the eyes. Young people do not always notice their hyperopia because the lenses in their eyes are flexible. While children rarely experience blurry vision due to hyperopia, they may face eye strain and fatigue since their eyes focus harder to compensate.
Your optometrist near you will often correct hyperopia with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. These can help adjust the light entering the eye so it falls correctly on the retina. Your optometrist will determine the correction level required for your prescription by performing various vision tests and eye exercises.
Some people can correct their vision surgically for aesthetics, convenience, and other reasons. LASIK is the most common option for surgically treating hyperopia. LASIK uses a cutting laser to reshape the cornea, changing how light gets cast on the retina. This procedure can provide a long-term solution to hyperopia without requiring glasses or contacts. Talk with your optometrist to determine if LASIK is the correct hyperopia treatment for your visual needs and lifestyle.
Get Hyperopia Treatment Today at Chico Vision Care Optometry in Chico, CA
Hyperopia can cause several frustrating symptoms that impact your quality of life if you do not get it corrected, so contact Chico Vision Care Optometry in Chico, CA, for the hyperopia treatment necessary to improve your eyesight. Call us and schedule an eye exam at (530) 342-9644 to protect your eye and vision health.