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Hyperopia: Understanding Farsightedness

The knowledgeable and highly trained surgeons at TLC Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye Centre® in Toronto, ON, are dedicated to helping you find the best solution for hyperopia, also known as farsightedness. We offer a range of surgical procedures that can restore clear vision including LASIK, photo refractive keratectomy (PRK), intraocular lenses (IOLs), and KAMRA™ Inlays. With over a decade of experience, we focus solely on laser vision correction, providing our community with the utmost care in our field.

Illustration of normal eye versus hyperopia

Patients with hyperopia have trouble seeing objects up close.

About Hyperopia

Hyperopia is a condition that is caused by a flattened cornea or a short eyeball, negatively affecting the way the light enters the eye. Patients with farsightedness typically see faraway objects clearly, but have difficulty focusing on objects up close.

What Causes Farsightedness?

Like myopia, the primary cause of hyperopia is genetics. If one or both parents experience farsightedness, there is an increased chance that their child will develop it as well. Many people incorrectly assume that age affects hyperopia. While aging can impede the eye’s ability to focus up close, known as presbyopia, getting older does not directly cause farsightedness.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Patients with hyperopia will often experience tired or fatigued eyes while performing up-close tasks, such as reading or writing. Because the lens of the eye is able to correct the refractive error through adaptability, some farsighted people may not even realize they have a problem. If the condition continues, however, the eye’s ability to adapt will fade over time, requiring corrective treatment.

We offer a range of treatments for hyperopia that can restore clear vision including LASIK, PRK, IOLs, and KAMRA Inlays.

The best way to diagnose hyperopia is through a comprehensive eye exam performed by an ophthalmologist. Routine visual acuity tests commonly given to grade-school students are usually not adequate enough for the detection of farsightedness. It should be noted that a child or young adult with mild hyperopia may not necessitate corrective treatment until they are older. Once the patient ages, or their vision worsens, there are a number of treatment options available.

During an initial consultation with one of our doctors, a thorough assessment will be performed. In addition to an eye exam, your medical history will be discussed at length, as well as your personal goals for treatment. We will work with you to create a customized plan that can meet your needs and achieve optimal results.

Treatments for Hyperopia

Hyperopia can be treated in various ways, ranging from corrective lenses to surgical procedures:

  • LASIK: An excellent option for patients who wish to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts, LASIK surgery corrects vision by reshaping the corneal tissue with laser technology.
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK): This laser procedure treats hyperopia by removing the outermost layer of the cornea and reshaping the inner layers.
  • Intraocular Lenses (IOLs): These implantable lenses can correct hyperopia, and are an excellent alternative for patients who do not qualify for LASIK.
  • KAMRA Inlays: Commonly used in patients with presbyopia, or age-induced farsightedness, KAMRA inlays improve vision by directing light into the eye through a tiny pinhole.
  • Corrective Eyewear: Our doctors always recommend surgical vision correction when it is feasible. However, some patients will find that eyeglasses or contacts are an excellent non-surgical alternative for treating hyperopia.

Schedule an Appointment with Us Today

If you have signs and symptoms of hyperopia, schedule a visit with one of our doctors. At TLC Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye Centre, we can help you determine which treatment will be the most successful for your situation. Contact us online anytime, or call us at (866) 684-2020.