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Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

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What is Hyperopia?

Hyperopia is a refractive error of the eye, often referred to as farsightedness. Those with hyperopia have difficulties focusing on objects near them.  If the hyperopia is severe enough, distance objects can also be blurry.
Hyperopia is the result of your eyes bending light too weakly, causing near images to blur.

Who Can Develop Hyperopia?

Approximately 1 out of 4 Canadians will develop hyperopia in their lifetime.

What Are the Symptoms of Hyperopia?

Typical symptoms of hyperopia include:

  • Close objects appear blurry
  • Eye fatigue
  • Eye strain, a result of squinting to see objects close to them
  • Headaches

How is Hyperopia Treated?

Much like myopia, hyperopia is easily treated.

  • Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses – The severity of your hyperopia will dictate if you need to wear your prescribed eyewear all the time or only occasionally.
  • Refractive (Laser) Surgery – For the right candidates, this is an excellent option for treating hyperopia. A high amount of patients will find that refractive surgery will reduce or completely eliminate the need for prescription eyewear.

Curious about your surgery candidacy? Book an Eye Surgery Consultation with our Optometrist to find out if refractive surgery is right for you.