What You Need to Know About Far-sighted Eyes

Far-sightedness, or Hyperopia, is an eye condition in which light is focused behind, instead of on, the retina. This results in nearby objects looking blurry while far objects look clear.

Types

  • Simple Hyperopia

    Occurs due to natural biological diversity

  • Pathological Hyperopia

    Caused by disease, trauma, or abnormal development

  • Functional Hyperopia

    Caused by paralysis that interferes with the eye’s ability to accommodate.

Levels of severity

  • Low

    Refractive error less than or equal to +2.00 diopters

  • Moderate

    Refractive error greater than +2.00 diopters up to +5.00

  • High

    Refractive error greater than +5.00 diopters

Treatment

  • Photoreactive Keratectomy

    A surgery that removes a minimal amount of corneal surface

  • Laser Assisted Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)

    Laser eye surgery that reshapes the cornea. Removes the need for glasses or contact lenses.

  • Refractive Lens Exchange

    A variation of Cataract surgery where the natural crystalline lens is replaced with an artificial intraocular lens.

  • Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis (LASEK)

    Uses alcohol to loosen the corneal surface.

  • Corrective Lenses

    The simplest form of non-surgical treatment. Eye glasses or contact lenses that have convex lenses to compensate for refractive error.

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