Hyperopia Services from Blue Ridge Vision, Your Greer Optometrist
Although the word hyperopia might seem unfamiliar, most people are already aware of its more common name, farsightedness. Up to 25 percent of Americans suffer from this disorder. Our optometrist can recommend a number of solutions for farsighted patients treated at our Blue Ridge Vision practice in Greer, South Carolina.
Overview of Hyperopia
A farsighted individual finds it difficult to focus on close objects. However, some people with hyperopia see objects both close and at a distance as blurred.
When a person has normal vision, light rays bend while passing through the eye’s cornea and lens in a process referred to as refraction. Light focuses on the retina, which transmits it as messages sent over the optic nerve to the brain. The images the individual sees are the brain’s interpretation of these messages.
The shape of a farsighted eye prevents proper focusing of light on the retina. A farsighted eyeball is shorter than normal, causing images to fall behind the retina rather than on top of it. Sometimes the image problem occurs because the cornea or the lens of an eye has an atypical shape.
Our farsighted patients report a variety of symptoms. The most common include eyestrain; squinting; blurred vision, especially with close objects; and headaches.
Treatment Options from Our Eye Doctor
To diagnose hyperopia, our eye doctor performs a comprehensive eye exam that includes measuring refraction in addition to an assessment of eye health. Refracting the eyes also reveals disorders such as astigmatism, presbyopia, and nearsightedness. Patients peer through a variety of lenses as part of the vision test. Use of drops to dilate the pupils of the eye is often standard.
After making a diagnosis, our optometrist will recommend which type of treatment for farsightedness is most appropriate for each patient. The options include:
- Eyeglasses: They are the safest correction and the easiest one to accomplish.
- Contacts: These lenses give the eye a more precise focus. Patients typically experience clearer vision and a broader field of vision.
- Refractive surgery: This type of surgery revises the shape of the cornea. LASIK uses a laser to correct the patient's vision and is a convenient alternative. When refractive surgery is the option of choice, our optometrist refers the patient to an eye surgeon.
Schedule an Eye Exam with Our Greer Optometrist Today
Protect your eyes and maintain the best vision possible by scheduling a regular eye exam from our Greer optometrist, Dr. Gordon Johnson. Our eye doctor diagnoses and treats all disorders affecting the eyes or vision using state-of-the-art equipment. Blue Ridge Vision serves patients of all ages throughout the Greer and Greenville, SC area. Call us today at 864-877-3031 to schedule your appointment.