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What is hypermetropia?

Farsightedness, or difficulty seeing at close range, is a common term that describes a blurred vision of nearby objects but is clear when looking from a distance.

Thus, watching television can be a problem, but reading an indication on the freeway is probably not. This is farsightedness – see things clearly when they are far away. It’s the opposite of myopia. (Read more about myopia)


Hyperopia or presbyopia…? Let’s find out.

If you think you have symptoms of farsightedness, let us first do a detective’s job. The problem may be what optometrists call “presbyopia.” Many of the symptoms are exactly the same (eg blurred vision when reading a near object and clear vision at a distance).


The main difference between presbyopia and hyperopia is your age. If you are over 40 and have begun to notice that your eyes do not focus when you read a smaller text – especially when there is little light like in a restaurant – you probably have presbyopia, not hyperopia.

Both vision problems are quite common and easily corrected; require only different types of glasses or contact lenses. Check with your ophthalmologist.


What causes hypermetropia?

The difficulty in seeing up close may have several causes, but heredity is probably to blame.


If you find it difficult to see up close, the light entering your pupils does not focus properly on your retina. This can happen because your eyes are smaller than normal and so the images focus slightly behind the retina. This causes the newspaper in your hand to be out of focus, while everything else in the distance is fine.


How to correct the difficulty in seeing close up

Is there a cure for hyperopia …? There is no magic pill you can take, but there are several other options.


Contact lenses for hyperopia

Spherical contact lenses correct blurred vision with hyperopia. Consider all of your options, such as how often you would like to change contact lenses, or how long you will be wearing one day.


Corrective glasses

The glasses are another option to correct hyperopia. It is a matter of style to choose between contact lenses and glasses. Think about the options of both. Glens glasses could help in several situations. 


Laser surgery for the eye

LASIK is also an option for hyperopia. An ophthalmologist uses a laser to shape the part of your cornea. When considering this option, also think about cost. Not all insurance plans cover LASIK. Contact your insurer and ask what your policy covers.


As we have learned, hyperopia is very common and easy to correct. If you find it difficult to read small print or if your eyesight is slightly blurred when you look at something or someone nearby, see an ophthalmologist. It will evaluate your vision and options.


And it’s a painless process that will not take you long.

Unlike a temporary malaise as constipation, hyperopia does not disappear without some form of corrective action. Why live your life without a clear vision?


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