Hyperopia or far-sightedness is a vision condition that occurs when light entering the pupil is not bent or refracted to the correct angle and gathers on a tighter than normal grouping on the retina. The usual result is blurred vision of objects near the observer, with clearer focus on objects farther away.
While a common vision issue, uncorrected hyperopia can lead to discomfort such as eye strain, eye fatigue, and vision related headaches. While more commonly detected and diagnosed at a younger age, such as adolescence or teenage years, hyperopia can develop at any age.
Treatment for hyperopia includes regular wear eyeglasses, contact lenses, and laser eye surgery.
Many parents are concerned about their children developing hyperopia. Yearly eye exams at a young age allow Vision Care Centre Optometrists to assess the eye and in some cases the use of specific lenses may be required to prevent hyperopia progression.