When treating hyperopia, the goal is to allow your eyes to focus on objects up close. The most common way to achieve this is through corrective glasses and contact lenses. Eye surgery such as LASIK is available for adults and those with moderate to high levels of farsightedness. Adults who have developed cataracts may also have their hyperopia corrected with an intraocular lens (IOL) that replaces the human lens during cataract surgery. The most appropriate treatment for you depends on your eyes and your lifestyle.
Hyperopia: Contacts and Glasses
Several types of eyeglasses and contact lenses can correct hyperopia. However, they cannot stop the eye from being shorter or correct the irregular curve of the cornea that causes your blurry vision.
Will Insurance Pay to Diagnose and Treat Hyperopia?
Regular eye exams most often include tests that identify farsightedness, so it will generally not cost extra to be diagnosed.
If your insurance plan includes vision benefits, it may pay for most or all of your annual regular eye exams. In addition, most plans provide a discount for prescription eyeglasses and contacts. This is often a set payment toward one
pair of glasses or your annual contact lens supply for a year. The discount/payment can vary. Extras and premium features such as tinted lenses, prescription sunglasses, colored contacts and others, are not typically covered by standard vision plans. You may have to pay for these features out of your pocket.
Generally, the cost of surgery to correct hyperopia is not covered by insurance because it is viewed as an elective surgery, but some insurance plans may provide partial coverage when:
- Hyperopia was a result of another surgery.
- Hyperopia is very severe. There are no standard guidelines in this area, so coverage is very inconsistent.
Check to see if your plan provides benefits. Even if no insurance is available, many eye surgeons who specialize in these advanced procedures offer payment plans that you can take advantage of.
Health Savings Accounts (HSA) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
Many patients use their pre-tax medical flexible spending plans offered through employers to pay for elective options.