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Treatment of Farsightedness Vision – Boca’s Eye Doctor

What is Hyperopia?

About 1 in 4 people in the U.S. have hyperopia or farsightedness, but fortunately there are more ways to correct this eye disorder than ever before. People with hyperopia or farsightedness have difficulty focusing on objects close up, such as print in a book. More severe hyperopia would also cause problems with seeing objects in the distance clearly, such as highway signs. The occurrence of hyperopia increases with age. At least half of all people over the age of 65 have some degree of farsightedness.

Symptoms of farsightedness may include:

  • Headaches
  • Eye strain
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing on nearby objects
  • Fatigue or headache after performing a close task such as reading.

If you experience these symptoms of hyperopia while wearing your glasses or contact lenses, you may need a new prescription.

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What causes Far Sightedess?

Hyperopia is a refractive error, like astigmatism and nearsightedness (myopia). Having a refractive error means that light rays bend incorrectly into your eye to transmit images to the brain. Farsightedness occurs when light entering the eye focuses behind the retina, instead of directly on it. An abnormally flat cornea or short eye can cause the light to enter the eye this way. Hyperopia often runs in families. It is often present at birth; however, many children outgrow it.

Diagnosing Hyperopia

Dr. Sheiner can diagnose far-sightedness by a thorough eye exam. Astigmatism may also occur at the same time.

Because changes in eyesight may increase slowly, you should visit Total Family Eyecare for an eye exam once each year. Dr. Sheiner is trained specifically to determine and improve visual acuity with the prescription of eyeglasses or contact lenses.

How do you Fix Hyperopia?


To correct hyperopia you must change the way the light rays bend when entering your eye. Glasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery can all be used to correct farsightedness. Depending on the extent of your farsightedness, you may need to wear your glasses or contact lenses at all times, or only when you need to see objects up close, like when reading or sewing. With hyperopia, your prescription is a positive number, such as +3.00. The higher the number, the stronger your lenses.

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