Hope for Hypermetropia: Treatments for Seeing Both Far and Near
by Carl Robinson
The ability to see objects that are far away, but not ones that are close up, is known as farsightedness, or sometimes known as hyperopia. These are different names for the condition that is known as hypermetropia, and some exciting technological developments now mean that sufferers of this condition in the UK now have a number of different options available to them.
Cause and effect of farsightedness
The first thing to say is that hyperopia is not a disease as such, merely a variation from what you would generally class as normal vision.
When you are farsighted, it makes close work and tasks quite challenging because your vision becomes blurry, making it hard to focus on things like reading a book. It is a hereditary condition and many previous and current family members may well have the same symptoms.
Farsightedness or hypermetropia, occurs when the light that enters your eye focuses behind the retina rather than directly on it. This is often as a result of having an eye that is too short or when the cornea is not curved enough or further back in the eye than normal.
The symptoms for adults that suggest you may have hypermetropia include blurred vision, especially after dark, and an inability to see objects clearly up close.
You may also experience aching eyes and headaches as well as having a feeling that your eyes are straining. Children are harder to evaluate as they can often display no symptoms, although if they have a more severe case of farsightedness, they may suffer from headaches and have trouble reading.
Getting a diagnosis
You can soon establish whether you are farsighted through a routine eye examination carried out by an opthalmologist or optometrist.
The eye specialist will ask you some questions about your eyesight as well as conducting a physical examination of your eyes, which will include ophthalmoscopy, tonometry and a sit lamp exam as part of the standard testing routine carried out by most examiners.
A number of farsighted people either do not require any treatment for their condition or their eyes make adjustments themselves to compensate for the problem.
As you get older or if your eyes are not able to adjust as well as you would want, there are several options available to resolve any vision issues that you may have. You might choose to wear glasses or contact lenses, but there are also some more hi-tech solutions now available.
There is a procedure known as LASIK that uses laser surgery to reshape the cornea to address your hypermetropia.
You can find a suitable eye surgeon for this treatment through a resource like www.lasereyesurgeryhub.co.uk and if you have severe farsightedness, there is surgery that will replace the clear lens of your eye with an implanted lens.
A recent development in addition to the mainstream uses of laser eye surgery, has been the introduction of wavefront technology, which optimises the benefits derived from LASIK.
LASIK eye surgery involves lifting the thin layer of the cornea back and using an ultraviolet light and a high energy pulse to reshape it so that normal vision is achieved. Waverfront technology involves using a laser to increase the number of shots in the periphery during the procedure. The end result of this is that patients can achieve better night vision than if you simply have the LASIK procedure on its own.
Thanks to technology, it is now perfectly possible to be able to see objects both near and far away.
About the Author
Carl Robinson has been a part of the eyecare field for a long time now. When he has free time, he enjoys sharing eyecare tips and advice with others. You can read his helpful articles on many medical and health blog sites.