Fighting Farsightedness? Visit Our Eye Doctors in Tampa and New Port Richey
Both farsightedness (hyperopia) and nearsightedness (myopia) are principally caused by an abnormality in the shape of the eyeball. A normal spherical eyeball refracts light so that it images come into focus at just the right point on the retina at the back of the eye. But where an elongated eyeball causes the image to form in front of the retina in a case of myopia, in farsighted individuals a foreshortened eyeball causes the image to come into focus too far back, at some imaginary behind beyond the retina. Farsightedness isn't quite a common as nearsightedness, but it still afflicts up to one-quarter of the population.
Farsightedness can pose different issues at different ages. School-age children who must spend hours each day reading from textbooks, writing essays or completing exams may be tormented by headaches, eye strain and fatigue, causing their academic performance to slip. Working adults may find it impossible to perform their daily tasks at the computer or on the manufacturing floor. Older individuals may also be plagued by presbyopia, a stiffening of the lens that adds nearsightedness to their list of woes.
Hyperopia Diagnosis and Treatment for Tampa and New Port Richey
The good news is that farsightedness, like most refractive errors, can be successfully treated in a variety of ways. The first step, however, is to find out just how farsighted you are. Our New Port Richey and Tampa optometrists can get an accurate idea of this through a combination of eye examinations of visual acuity testing. Rarely, hyperopia symptoms can be caused by an internal eye disease, so we will perform a comprehensive eye exam to rule those causes out. We can then administer retinoscopy and/or use a device called an autorefractor to get a close estimate of your corrective prescription. The final "dailing in" can be done by having your read an eye chart through a device called a phoropter until every line of letters appears nice and clear.
Eye glasses and contact lenses are both highly effective at correcting farsightedness. If you also have presbyopia, we can fit you with multifocal lenses. Some cases of farsightedness can be treated with orthokeratology, or Ortho-K. These lenses are only worn while you sleep, temporarily correcting your corneal curvature for clearer daytime vision. You may even opt for refractive eye surgery, in which case we can provide all the pre-operative and post-operative care you need.
Don't fret over farsightedness. Call 813-632-2020 to schedule an eye appointment!