Farsightedness

With hyperopia, people may see objects that are far away, but have difficulty focusing on near objects or may have to strain the eyes to maintain focus. Hyperopia occurs when the eyeball is too short or the cornea is too flat, causing light to be focused behind the retina instead of directly on the retina for normal vision.

 
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Symptoms of hyperopia can include eyestrain, blurred vision or headache (especially when reading or at the end of the day), and will increase over time if not treated. Doctors prescribe a"plus" or convex corrective lens (eyeglasses or contact lenses) for the disorder. Hyperopia can also be surgically treated by steepening the central cornea or by flattening the peripheral cornea.

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Young people with hyperopia (30 to 45 years) may have fine distance vision, but might strain their eyes to maintain focus on close-up objects. Middle-aged hyperopes (45-55 years) may need glasses for distance especially to drive at night and may require reading glasses, while older hyperopes (55 years and up) often cannot see things in the distance or close up, requiring bifocals.

To treat farsightedness, the central cornea must be made steeper. This is accomplished with a CK Surgery procedure or with a LASIK procedure by directing the laser beam to remove tissue from around this area.

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