If you've ever had trouble reading the small print on a label, or if you've had to keep turning up the font size on your phone, you may have a condition called hyperopia. Many people try to self-correct this problem with reading glasses from the drug store or by using a magnifying glass, but making objects larger doesn't necessarily fix the problem. You deserve a solution that keeps your eyes in mind. At Arvada Optometric Center in Arvada, Colorado, we can help you find that solution.
What is Hyperopia?
Hyperopia is more commonly known as farsightedness and is a common refraction error that can develop at any age. With all refraction errors, including nearsightedness and astigmatism, the shape of the eye inhibits light from focusing on the retina as it should. With hyperopia specifically, the eyeball is too short and the focus goes to images that are behind the retina, rather than on it. This results in images that are close up to appear blurry. An estimated 5-10% of people in the U.S. have hyperopia.
How Do I Know if I Have Hyperopia?
Ultimately, the best way to know if you have hyperopia or farsightedness, is to have a regular eye exam from an optometrist that will identify this condition. Because myopia, or nearsightedness, is more common, many people are more tuned in to making sure they can see at a distance, for tasks such as seeing the board at school or driving. But close up vision is important too, and when not working appropriately can lead to headaches. If any of these things are happening to you, it is important to see your optometrist for an eye exam to find out specifically what your vision issues are and get them corrected.
Hyperopia is most often corrected with eyeglasses, but the condition is also treated by wearing contact lenses, and some even undergo surgery in order to change the shape of their corneas for a more permanent vision solution. At Arvada Optometric Center we can discuss any of these options with you and help you determine what best fits your vision needs and lifestyle. To learn more about all your eyeglasses and contact lens options, or to further investigate any vision issues you or your child might be experiencing, contact us at Arvada Optometric Center in Arvada, Colorado at (303) 424-5282 to schedule an appointment.