What Is Hyperopia?
Dr. Lippman is a well-renowned specialist who has helped numerous individuals throughout Westchester County, including New Rochelle and White Plains LASIK patients reduce their dependency on glasses and contact lenses. He has significant experience treating hyperopia, which is better known as farsightedness. Please read the information below to learn more about this vision condition.
What Is Hyperopia?
Hyperopia (farsightedness) is a widespread vision problem affecting almost one-fourth of the U.S. population. Farsighted people, just like the name suggests, may see distant objects fairly well early on. However, they experience difficulty reading, sewing and performing other tasks that require good near vision. In time distance vision may often become blurred as well. Because of the stress it puts on the eyes, untreated hyperopia often causes eyestrain and/or headaches. Some of the most common symptoms of farsightedness include:
- Blurred near vision
- Frequent squinting when viewing objects up-close
- Unusual fatigue after reading, scrapbooking, sewing and performing other tasks requiring good near vision
If you experience one or more of these symptoms and suspect that you might be hyperopic, please use our contact page to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Lippman. He will examine your eyes and recommend the most suitable treatment.
How Does Hyperopia Develop?
Most hyperopic people are born with this condition, called “farsightedness”, although it usually does not become apparent until ones mid-forties. Irrespective of the cause, hyperopia affects vision by an inability to focus. In contrast to a normal eyeball, the hyperopic eye is shorter from front to back. While small, this deformity causes blurred distance vision by making light rays focus behind the retina rather than directly on it. Hyperopia does not improve by itself, which is why farsighted patients should seek treatment to alleviate their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
How Is Hyperopia Treated?
For many years, farsighted people had to wear glasses and/or contact lenses in order to achieve clear distance and near vision, and most still take this approach. However, today there are a range of treatment options that can effectively correct hyperopia while reducing or completely eliminating dependence on special eyewear. As one of the most highly regarded Westchester County LASIK surgeon, Dr. Lippman is proud to offer treatment for patients with moderate to high levels of farsightedness. He also specializes in PRK procedure — laser refractive surgery that delivers results similar to LASIK but does not require the creation of the corneal flap.
While laser eye surgery can help many farsighted patients, it is not suitable for patients with more greater degrees of hyperopia. Instead, for patients with hyperopia higher than +3.00 diopters Dr. Lippman recommends and performs the sophisticated clear lens exchange (CLE) procedure. During this procedure, he removes the eye’s natural lens and replaces it with an artificial lens implant (IOL), such as Crystalens, or a multifocal such as Restor. This process is similar to the surgical steps Dr. Lippman completes when performing cataract surgery at Eye Surgery Center Of Westchester. However, the lens removed during cataract surgery is clouded, while the lens removed as part of CLE might be minimally defective, or even clear. The main purpose of the CLE procedure is to correct patient’s hyperopia and eliminate his or her dependence on glasses.