If you can see things better in the distance than up close, you are farsighted. Farsighted and farsigntedness are called hyperopic eyes which have a better focus for distance but are often blurred even, for distance, particularly as you get older.
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Mild amounts of hyperopia (up to +2.00 Diopters to +3.00 Diopters) in younger patients under 40 are often not noticed as the eye has a mechanism (known as accommodation) for focusing the image. (The term Diopter is commonly referred to with a “d”, so as an example, a prescription would read “+2.25D” or “+2.25 d”).
In general, after the age of 40, the amount of accommodation decreases each year. Most mildly farsighted people around the age of 40 will first need glasses to read, but will eventually need glasses for both near and distance (either with bifocals glasses or two separate pairs, one for reading and one for distance). Higher amounts of hyperopia, usually above +2.00 Diopters or +3.00 Diopters usually will require correction with glasses or contact lenses early in life. These patients will also require either two separate glasses or bifocals at around age 40. Many people confuse Farsightedness with Presbyopia.
Surgical Procedures to Reduce Farsightedness (Hyperopia)
Mild and Moderate Cases of Farsightedness (+2 Diopters to +5 Diopters). Laser vision surgery procedures like LASIK, PRK, LASEK, and EpiLasik are capable of correcting only up to about + 5 Diopters of farsightedness (Hyperopia).
Severe Case of Farsightedness. Higher amounts of hyperopia (over +5 Diopters) are usually best corrected by replacing the natural lens of the eye with an implant. Lens implant procedures are similar to cataract surgery but is performed only to correct the refractive error in eyes without cataracts. This refractive surgery treatment is referred to as Refractive Lensectomy (RLE) or Clear Lensectomy (CLE).
Laser eye surgery may not always be the best option so it is important to find an experienced eye surgeon like the ones in the Trusted LASIK Surgeons Directory, most of whom perform a variety of refractive surgery procedures to give patients a more complete range of options. To learn more about these vision correction surgical treatments for farsightedness, please clink on the links below:
Surgical Procedures to Reduce Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
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