Diagnosing Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
Optometrists or ophthalmologists can diagnose hyperopia during a basic eye exam.
During the exam, your eye care professional will inspect the inside of your eye using a magnifying instrument called an ophthalmoscope. Your eye care professional may use eye drops that dilate your pupils to make it easier to see the back of the eye. You may also take a vision test that measures your distance and up-close vision.
The first signs of hyperopia usually appear in the early childhood. Your eye care professional will recommend follow-up exams based on the results and your family history.
Glasses or Contact Lenses
Eyeglasses are the simplest choice for correcting hyperopia, while some prefer contact lenses for their appearance and their active lifestyles. Both glasses and contacts are available in a wide variety of materials and designs. It is important to consider the wear schedules and cleaning routines when choosing to go with contacts. For information about contact lens options and a free trial offer, sign up for the EyeFile™ System.
Multifocal Glasses or Contact Lenses
Bifocal and trifocal lenses have various prescription strengths and focus points for close, middle or distance vision. Consider your needs carefully, including the popular progressive eyeglasses with no lines between prescriptions.
If you have hyperopia, you could be a candidate for LASIK surgery. With LASIK, the surgeon uses a laser to reshape the cornea to focus on near objects.
Your age, the state of your eyes and other factors will help determine which surgical method is best for you.
Preparing for Surgery
If you decide to have surgery, you will need to be tested and evaluated prior to the procedure. Tests will likely include measuring eye pressure, pupil dilation, refraction and corneal thickness. The surgeon will also evaluate your medical history to make sure you are an ideal candidate.
Before your evaluation, you may need to temporarily stop wearing your contact lenses. This allows your eyes to return to their normal shape so they can be accurately measured. You will also have to stop wearing them before surgery.
Your surgeon will provide you with specific details ahead of time about what to expect before, during and after the procedure, and will be able to answer any questions you may have.
Life After LASIK Surgery
Most people report improved vision as soon as the day after LASIK surgery, and your vision should continue to get better as your eyes heal. The speed at which you normally heal may affect your results.