Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is a refractive error affecting millions of Americans. At NOVA Vision Center, we are committed to educating the community about this condition so people can obtain proper treatment. Read on as your expert eye doctor answers some common questions about farsightedness:
Q: What Causes It?
Farsightedness is caused by having an irregularly shaped eye or a rigid cornea, which causes light to focus behind the retina rather than directly upon it. This affects the light bending process, resulting in vision errors.
Q: Who Is at Risk?
Farsightedness tends to run in the family, so if you have family members with this condition you are at a higher risk of developing it too. That’s why it’s important for you to have a comprehensive eye exam regularly. During your exam, we’ll perform tests to check for signs of farsightedness as well as other vision problems. Inborn structural infirmities with your eyes may also increase your risk of developing this condition.
Q: What Are the Symptoms?
The hallmark symptom of hyperopia is faulty close-range vision, while your distant-range eyesight remains sharp. People with this condition may find close-up activities like reading or working on the computer difficult. You may also notice that you have a subconscious tendency to hold objects away from you to see them more clearly.
Q: How Is It Managed?
Farsightedness is typically corrected through prescription contact lenses or eyeglasses. We will have you undergo a retinoscopy test to establish the severity of your refractive error, serving as our guide in determining the correct lens power for your new contacts or eyeglasses.
If you have any further questions about farsightedness, call us at (703) 291-0080 or complete our form. We serve Falls Church, Arlington, and nearby VA areas.