Understanding Hyperopia and Laser Eye Surgery

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Learn about laser eye surgery options for hyperopia treatment

Hyperopia – also known as farsightedness – is a common vision problem. With hyperopia, your vision is clear when looking at things in the distance, but you might have trouble focusing on close-up items. Tasks such as drawing, reading a newspaper, or using a computer screen might be difficult or cause eye strain.

What Causes Hyperopia?

Hyperopia is an inherited condition caused by the shape of the eyeball. Normally, light enters the eye through the cornea and the image is reflected onto the retina. When the cornea is too flat or the eyeball is short in relation to it, light will reflect beyond the retina instead of on it, and so the image appears blurry.

Correcting Farsightedness: Laser Eye Surgery Options

Hyperopia can be improved by wearing glasses or contacts, but many people prefer to have another option. The good news is that laser eye surgery options are available for correcting farsightedness.

Laser eye surgery uses a beam of light to gently reshape the cornea. The procedure makes it possible to adjust how light enters the eye and how your eye focuses. Options include the following:

Modern LASIK Technology — Hyperopia can be treated by LASIK surgeons using Wavefront Technology to perform detailed measurements and analysis of the eyeball. The analysis helps a surgeon evaluate your unique vision correction requirements.

PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) Laser Eye Surgery — Farsightedness can also be treated with PRK surgery. PRK may be an option for patients who are not good candidates for LASIK.

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More Information on Farsightedness Laser Eye Surgery

If you are dealing with farsightedness, laser eye surgery might be on your mind. To learn more and to discover if you are a candidate for LASIK surgery, we invite you to schedule a free, no-obligation evaluation with a TLC Laser Eye Center near you.

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