If you have more trouble seeing things that are close up, but can focus well on things that are far away, then it is likely that you have hyperopia or farsightedness. This condition is treatable for both children and adults and exists in about 5 to 10 percent of Americans. It is critical to children's ability to excel in school and for adults in the workplace to visit our optometrist at Macias Eye Medical Centers in San Bernardino, Riverside, or Fontana for an eye exam and treatment.
Symptoms of Hyperopia
- Difficulty focusing on nearby things
- Headache or eye fatigue when doing close-up tasks
- Eye strain especially when reading
- Blurry vision when looking at close-up objects
- Burning or achy eyes
What Causes Hyperopia?
To understand how hyperopia happens, you first need to understand what refraction is. Refraction is when light rays are deflected or bent as they pass through one medium to another. For you to see clearly, light rays are bent as they enter the eye and focused on the retina. The retina then converts these light rays into signals for the optic nerve to send to the brain, which converts them into images.
Hyperopia develops when the light rays are focused behind the retina instead of on it, resulting in blurry vision when viewing something close up.
How an Optometrist Diagnoses Hyperopia
A basic eye exam from an optometrist is all it takes to know if you have hyperopia. Our eye doctors will first have you read a chart from a certain distance. If you do not pass this portion of the exam, our optometrists will then use a retinoscope to look at the retina to see how the light gets refracted. If you do have hyperopia, our doctors will use a testing device called a phoropter to determine the exact prescription for your corrective eyewear.
Treatment at Macias Eye Medical Centers
The goal of our optometrists is to help your eyes focus on things that are up close. The most effective and common way to do this is with corrective eyewear, such as eyeglasses and contact lenses. You can also achieve this with LASIK, but you will need to meet the health standards of LASIK. If you choose this option, our optometrists can do a LASIK evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate.
Contact Us Today
Macias Eye Medical Centers have multiple locations for your convenience. If you are in San Bernardino, Riverside, or the Fontana area and are experiencing vision problems, then seek the help of our professional optometrists. Call 909-885-3933 to schedule an appointment with us.