How hyperopia affects your daily life

Mon Feb 20 2023

How hyperopia affects your daily life

Hyperopia is also known as farsightedness. It is a fairly common eye condition in which you can easily see far-off objects, but nearby objects appear blurred. When hyperopia grows severe, it starts affecting your everyday life. Fortunately, this does not happen with everyone. Early detection of symptoms helps a great deal in managing and treating farsightedness.

Hyperopia symptoms include:

·       Eyestrain and discomfort

·       Frequent headaches

·       Squinting to read or see nearby objects

·       Difficulty in using the phone or computer/laptop

·       Near work strain, e.g. reading, knitting, sewing, etc.

What causes farsightedness? Is there a root cause?

While searching for hyperopia causes, you may not have a specific thing to point at. There is not one particular cause for hyperopia, but there are different risk factors that can lead to farsightedness. Very often, it is seen that hyperopia develops where either the eyeball is too short or the cornea is not curved enough. Both conditions make it difficult for the light to focus on the retina for a clear image formation. Instead, the light focuses behind the retina due to which the nearby objects appear blurred. Thus, the person experiences difficulty in carrying out activities mentioned earlier.

 In many individuals, hyperopia is found since birth but becomes evident or problematic only when they get older. When you are younger, the natural lens in your eye is more flexible to adjust and with age, it becomes harder or more rigid. Hyperopia treatment without prolonged delay is necessary to prevent high eye power. That is why you require prescribed eyeglasses or contacts for farsighted vision correction as you get older. Many people find it easy and comfortable to wear spectacles or lenses, but for others, it may seem like a total hassle.

What to do if you are done with the hassles of eyeglasses or contacts?

When looking out for a permanent or long-term solution, consult your eye specialist about undergoing an eye surgery for farsightedness. The doctor will tell you in detail about the two surgery options, i.e. LASIK (Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) or PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). Your ophthalmologist will decide the procedure well suited for your condition after running a series of screening tests. Nowadays, there are more advanced refractive procedures available which are blade-less and offer highly precise results. Also, there is no downtime required after LASIK or any other advanced refractive procedure. You may need to follow a few preventive measures after a laser eye surgery for farsightedness and take it easy for 24-48 hours. After that, you can resume daily routine activities and go for regular follow-up visits as the doctor advises. This will keep away any unprecedented troubles or side effects. 

Why should you not leave hyperopia unattended for long?

Those who suffer farsightedness are more prone to safety issues, especially while driving, crossing the road, or operating heavy machinery. Though the road ahead of you may appear clear, viewing clearly the nearby indicators and devices can put you in a tough spot. Further, if you keep squinting while driving, it can affect road vision as well and induce headaches. All this can be pretty distracting and troublesome. You may come across false information or tend to believe myths over facts. Brush aside all your worries and concerns by talking to an expert doctor.    

Get in touch with us at Centre for Sight to get a detailed private consultation with our experienced eye doctors near you. We are available in more than 30 cities and have a trusted team of more than 200 doctors who are highly qualified and skilled. Contact us to help you gain a ‘clear view’ of life.

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