Farsightedness, also known as hyperopia or hypermetropia, affects about 5 percent of children and about 30 percent of adults. Farsightedness is a failure of the eye to focus an image on the retina, making up-close objects blurry while distant objects may still be seen clearly. Optometrist Dr. Seema Mohanan of Optics & Eyecare, your eye care center in Ashburn, VA, has four things she wants you to know about hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, and how it is treated.
Children Can Suffer Farsightedness as Well
There is usually at least one child in every classroom who is farsighted. This is a child who will get eyestrain and headaches every day. This child may not learn how to read because the book or computer screen is a blur. Every child needs an eye exam to be screened for farsightedness to prevent learning issues and two serious related eye problems, amblyopia, more widely known as "lazy eye," and strabismus, better known as crossed eyes.
Some Symptoms of Farsightedness Aren't What You May Expect
It's not unusual to make an appointment with your optometrist when you can't hold papers, your phone, or books far enough away for you to see them clearly. But farsightedness can also cause other symptoms, including:
- Eye fatigue.
- Red eyes.
- Watery eyes.
- Frequent blinking.
- Problems with eye-hand coordination.
- Loss of depth perception.
These problems are also a cue to make an appointment with Dr. Mohanan.
Some Over-the-Counter Reading Glasses Can Make Your Vision Problems Worse
There is a major problem with the reading glasses you can buy at kiosks in nearly every pharmacy. They have two corrective lenses of exactly the same strength. Most people who have hyperopia need a little more vision correction in one eye and a little less vision correction in the other. Sometimes farsightedness people are only farsighted in one eye.
If you wear glasses that are the right strength for only one of your eyes, you will probably continue to have the blurry vision, tired eyes, tear-filled eyes, red eyes, and headaches that you had when you did not wear any glasses at all. An eye exam with your optometrist will reveal the right amount of correction for comfortable, clear vision in both of your eyes.
If You Think Farsightedness May be a Problem, Make an Appointment with Dr. Mohanan.
Dr. Seema Mohanan of Optics & Eyecare in Ashburn, VA is ready to help. Request an appointment with Dr. Mohanan online, or call us at (703) 687-4719.