What is Hyperopia?

Posted By on Apr 11, 2019 in General | 0 comments

Looking off in the distance on a variety of vistas remains one of life’s pleasures. But if it becomes one of the few things a person sees with clarity that type of eyesight can have a major effect on life activities. Refractive errors cause blurry vision. A refractive error defines as an issue where the light does not concentrate precisely due to the shape of the eye. When a person can see clearly the distances but not see objects up close doctors call it hyperopia or farsightedness. Light rays bend as they pass through the lens of the eye. Known as refraction it places the light on a set of cells (rods and cones) in the retina that send and translate that sensory information to the optic nerve. In turn, the optic nerve sends it to the brain where a visual image becomes constructed and sent to the eye. In the case of hyperopia, the eyeball itself has shortened so when the light passes through the lens it misses the cells in some areas causing the brain to fill in with a blur.


Hyperopia has varying symptoms from individual to individual. Some of the more common symptoms list as:

  • Squinting
  • Shielding the eyes even with no glare around
  • Eyes feeling strained
  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision when looking at up close objects

With the varying and more general symptoms, it takes a professional eye care person like found at Houston LASIK to diagnose that type of refractive error. The condition often becomes found when doing a comprehensive dilated eye examination. Be aware that common vision screening like done in schools will not detect the condition. Not finding a way to adjust the hyperopia may cause another condition known as strabismus. Strabismus means the eyes cross. Eye muscles become strained or the nerves become irritated that help guides the eye as the brain tries to compensate for the lost vision. The strabismus becomes the brain’s way of dealing with the hyperopia.

Fixing the Misalignment

Several ways exist to deal with the hyperopia. Mild cases most people just compensate with magnifying glasses and enlargement of print on a computer screen. At some point, the condition will advance. Most people begin with a set of glasses or contact lenses to correct the misalignment. Many people find glasses inconvenient or do not want to do the routine maintenance of contact lenses, so they choose laser eye surgery. Quick and relatively painless the outpatient surgery permanently changes the shape of the cornea. For some people, it eliminates contact lenses and glasses while others it simply decreases the need for it. In Houston, an array of options exists for LASIK surgery. Only by a consultation with one of the doctors can a person find out which type of laser and procedure will work with their eyes and hyperopia.


Hyperopia remains a common problem with the eyes. Its general symptoms often cause people not to consider it originates from an eye misalignment. But once discovered for most people it becomes easy to take care of. If you have the symptoms listed regularly why not visit Houston LASIK and talk to the staff. After receiving the information set up a consultation session with one of the doctors. Find out the status of your eyes.

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