Hyperopia: Clearing Close Vision

If you have difficulty focusing on close or nearby objects, you may be suffering from hyperopia or farsightedness. Drs. Howard M. Levin, Vincent M. Imbrogno, Ravinder Sabherwal and Emily Washek can effectively treat hyperopia with treatments such as traditional corrective lenses. Patients can enjoy clear vision once more without straining their eyes. 

Understanding Hyperopia

Like myopia, hyperopia is a refractive error resulting from an irregularity in eye shape. But where myopia is caused by an elongation of the eye, farsightedness is caused by a foreshortening. In other words, the eye is longer vertically than it is horizontally. As a result, any light entering the eye is projected just beyond the retina, rather than directly onto it. This condition is distinct from presbyopia, which is an age-related form of farsightedness. 

Because the lens in our eyes can compensate for many refractive errors, you may not even realize you have hyperopia until later in life. However, some individuals may suffer from strained eyes after reading or writing. Furthermore, the lens will also lose its flexibility over time, prompting patients to seek out corrective treatment for their vision.

Graphic demonstrating difference in sight between a normal, hyperopic, and corrected eye.

Treatment Options for Hyperopia

Hyperopia is difficult to diagnose with only a visual acuity test. In order to determine if a patient has the condition, an ophthalmologist can perform a comprehensive eye exam, as well as test your eye with a Phoropter to determine the prescription that suits you best. 

In some cases, younger patients may not require vision correction treatment at all. Some of the more conservative treatments for hyperopia include corrective eyewear, such as contact lenses or glasses. A more involved but equally effective option is the NearVision CK radiofrequency procedure.

Schedule a Consultation

If you think you may have hyperopia, schedule a consultation with one of our doctors today. We can help you determine a personalized treatment plan that will meet your unique goals. Contact us online or call us at (814) 838-9555.

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Contemporary Ophthalmology of Erie

Drs. Howard M. Levin, Vincent M. Imbrogno, Ravinder Sabherwal, and Emily Washek provide state-of-the-art eye care in a friendly and comfortable setting. They are affiliated with leading vision organizations, including:

  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • The American Osteopathic Association

To book a visit with us, call us at (814) 838-9555 or request an appointment online.

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