Optic Topic by Steven A. Queenan at Regional Eye Optical – Week of August 15, 2021
Farsightedness (hyperopia), which is much less common than “nearsightedness” (myopia), is a “refractive error” (problem with focusing light accurately onto the retina due to the shape of the eye) that causes farsighted individuals to see nearby things, such as when reading or using a computer, less clearly than things that are far away, such as when driving.
The prevalence of hyperopia decreases with age, While most infants are farsighted at birth, less than 4% of children display the refractive error at age one. The prevalence continues to decrease into adulthood. If it is not treated with corrective lenses, farsightedness can lead to eye strain, excess tearing, squinting, frequent blinking, headaches, difficulty reading, and problems with hand-eye coordination.
Children with a severe degree of farsightedness (“high hyperopia) are at increased risk of developing other eye conditions such as “lazy eye” (amblyopia) and eyes that do not look in the same direction (strabismus).
Depending on the amount of farsightedness you have, you may need to wear glasses or contact lenses all the time, or only during reading, or work.
REGIONAL EYE OPTICAL offers a large selection of high end designer frames, eye glasses, and sunglasses. To learn more, please call 320-587-6309. We are located just inside Regional Eye Center at 1455 Montreal Street, SE in Hutchinson, MN. Our business hours are:
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