The team here at Palisades Laser Eye Center has helped countless patients in the Hudson Valley area with their eye care needs. We offer the latest and best in terms of advanced vision correction, including LASIK, a laser eye surgery that corrects corneal contour and restores clarity to your vision.
We'd like to take this opportunity to focus on hyperopia, a common vision problem that many patients misunderstand. This overview will give you some basic info on what hyperopia is and how it can be treated.
About Farsightedness (Hyperopia)
Farsightedness refers to the ability to see objects that are far away but difficulty seeing objects that are nearby. When light passes through the eye, it is focused on a point behind the retina rather than on the retina itself. (The retina is the light-sensitive tissue located at the back of the eye.) Farsightedness is the opposite of nearsightedness (myopia).
Types/Causes of Farsightedness
There are different kinds of farsightedness that can affect a person. Let's cover the primary three types.
- Refractive Error Farsightedness - This kind of farsightedness is caused by issues with the curvature of the cornea, which is the clear frontal portion of the eye.
- Farsightedness Caused by the Lens of the Eye - This kind of farsightedness is caused by issues with the lens of the eye, which is distinct from issues with the cornea.
- Presbyopia (Age-Related Farsightedness) - Presbyopia is a type of farsightedness that everyone develops as they get older. It is caused by the loss of flexibility in the lens of the eye during the natural aging process.
There are different kinds of treatments for farsightedness depending on the kind of farsightedness that you suffer from.
Treating Farsightedness with LASIK/Refractive Surgery
When your farsightedness is the result of a refractive error, the best option for treatment is LASIK surgery or an alternative laser vision correction option such as LASEK or PRK. These surgeries involve the reshaping of the cornea with a highly accurate surgical laser in order to improve the passage of light through the eyes.
Treating Farsightedness with Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)
When an issue with the lens of the eye leads to farsightedness, an ideal option to consider is an intraocular lens (IOL). IOLs are artificial lenses that replace the flawed natural lens of the eye. With an IOL in place, vision is restored and improved.
Treating Farsightedness with Corrective Lenses
The old standbys sometimes work out the best for patients. Wearing prescription glasses or contact lenses can work wonders for your vision, allowing you to see clearly. Prescription glasses and contact lenses can be used to treat various kinds of farsightedness.
Which treatment option may be right for me?
This all really depends on the health and condition of your eyes as well as the nature of your farsightedness. Some patients may be interested in LASIK, for instance, but issues with thinness of their corneas may make them a poor fit for surgery.
During a consultation with an eye care specialist, you will be able to learn about the exact nature of your eye health issues and which treatment would work best for you.
Learn More About Laser Vision Correction
For more information about your many different options for treating farsightedness and other issues that affect your eyesight, be sure to contact our vision correction and eye care center today. When you meet with team at Palisades Laser Eye Center, we will be sure to provide you with the right treatment for your needs.