There are two different types of farsightedness – hyperopia and presbyopia. The two conditions are not related, however both cause you to see far objects clearly, but objects that are close to you appear blurry. A farsighted prescription begins with a plus symbol, for example, +1.5.
Hyperopia is a genetic condition. Many children are born with hyperopia. Some outgrow it while others will need to wear corrective lenses for a lifetime. Hyperopia is caused by an eye that is too short. Light rays that enter the eye focus beyond the retina causing near objects to blur.
Hyperopia can be corrected with:
- Contact Lenses
- Conductive Keratoplasty (CK), for the right candidate
Presbyopia is age-related. Adults age 40+ may notice the onset of hyperopia when they try reading a book or use their mobile phone and they have to place the object at arm’s length to see the page or screen clearly. Or they may notice that they squint in order bring an object into focus. They may experience headaches or fatigue after reading for long periods. Presbyopia occurs when the eye’s lens thickens or when the muscle fibers surround the lens loose elasticity.
Presybopia can be corrected with:
- Bifocal Eyeglasses
- Reading Glasses
- Bifocal Contact Lenses
- Multifocal Contact Lenses
- Monovision Lenses
If you suspect you are experiencing farsightedness, schedule an appointment at our office by calling 609-653-9933 or use our online appointment scheduler. Dr. Dave or Dr. Cheryl will examine your eyes, and together you will decide what type of correction is best for you. We’ll have you seeing clearly in no time!