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Farsighted Hyperopia is a fancy name for farsightedness. Terrific. What does that mean? If your doctor diagnoses you with hyperopia, it means you suffer a common vision problem; one millions of people suffer from yearly. However, the term hyperopia sounds very fancy you have to admit. If you are farsighted, you do need to see an eye doctor and have the appropriate tests taken to make sure you receive proper advice and vision correction.

There are times however, when eye doctor or optometrists, or ophthalmologists (depending on the person you see) may recommend tests you really do not need. They use fancy words and terms to describe procedures that sound life saving, when in fact they may just cost you a bit more money. Before we talk about those however, let's make sure you DO know what hyperopia is and how it can affect you.

Hyperopia - An Overview
Hyperopia, or "farsightedness" as us laypeople refer to it, is a condition affecting roughly a quarter of those with vision problems. It is as common as most other vision problems like nearsightedness, maybe slightly less common.

If you have farsightedness, you have difficultly seeing objects when they are near to you, but can see objects at a distance with relative ease. Many people develop minor farsightedness with age. Typically, farsightedness is a condition that worsens with aging.

Signs & Symptoms of Hyperopia
Most people with hyperopia do not realize it until they visit the eye doctor, especially if they have a mild case. You may notice you experience frequent headaches. Most of the time people with hyperopia have difficulty when working with computers when the monitors they use are too far away. You might notice someone reading while holding his or her book an arms length away.

This may be a clue they have hyperopia. In this case, a prescription for eyeglasses may help significantly. It can reduce eyestrain and improve one's ability to see near and far. People with farsightedness may also find they have better vision while driving when they wear corrective lenses or eyeglasses.

Diagnosis & Treatment
An eye doctor can easily diagnose farsightedness by reviewing the shape of your eyeball. Most people with hyperopia have an irregularly shaped eyeball; light shining on the eye tends to focus behind, rather than directly on, the retina of the eye.

Children often have hyperopia but outgrow it with age. Others have a condition similar to hyperopia known as presbyopia, where you may experience difficulty-seeing things up close, but this is largely due to visual problems that arise from aging. There are presbyopia vitamins available. Some nutrients are helpful such as lutein, vinpocetine, zeaxanthin, l-lysine, and various vitamins and enzymes than can help slow the onset of Presbyopia and maintain vision.

Treatment for hyperopia is relatively simple. Most of the time your eye doctor recommends wearing prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses to help balance your vision. Corrective lenses will change the way your eye reflects light, so you reduce the effort it takes your eye to sea things up close. People with hyperopia have prescription lenses often referred to as reading lenses, because they come in + prescription sizes, meaning they magnify or enlarge the size of objects you read up close.

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You
Now, here is where the fun begins. Like any industry, eye care and eyewear is just thatů an industry. Eye doctors make money in much the same way as any other retailer. What this means is your eye doctor may recommend treatments that are or are not necessary. Not because they do not truly believe you need them, but because modern technology is constantly pushing eye care professionals to use more modern and advanced equipment to test your eye's vision.

Here are some important facts you should know before you visit your local eye doctor:

  • First, know who you should see. You can see an optometrist, an optician or an ophthalmologist, and an ophthalmologist is going to be a lot more expensive than an optometrist is. Does it matter? Yes and no. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor trained to diagnose and treat complex vision problems. If you plan to consider LASIK surgery for example, you should see an ophthalmologist. If you need an ordinary eye exam, and have no history of vision problems, you can probably get by visiting an optometrist. If they find something unusual, if needed they can refer you to an M.D.
  • Most people need to have their vision tested once every two years or so. If you have serious eye problems you need to see your doctor more often, but that is not the case for most people, even those with hyperopia, unless you find you experience new symptoms or visual disturbances.
  • Some tests are more important than other tests, so know what eye tests you need and do not. A visual acuity test is an important test. A refraction test is important so your eye doctor can assess what type of prescription lens you need. Tests like a visual field test however, or other tests used to rule out glaucoma or other serious diseases, are not always necessary unless you show signs you need them or are of advancing age. So if a test is optional, do not feel the need to have it unless you do your homework first.
For some people with hyperopia, they may find a pair of drugstore reading glasses just as helpful as the glasses they get from their eye doctor. Sure, they may not be as precise, but if you just want to see a little better, you will probably fair ok. Check in with your doc for questions.

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