Hyperopia, hypermetropia, or long sightedness, is caused when the eye is shorter or the crystalline lens is weaker than normal. This causes light rays to be focused to a point behind the retina, making objects appear blurred. Long sighted people may find that they struggle with closer objects but their distance vision remains clear. Placing a plus or convex lens in front of the eye pulls the focal point forward into the retina.
Signs of hyperopia to look for include:
- nearby objects appear fuzzy and out of focus, but distant objects are clear
- have to squint to see clearly
- have tired or strained eyes after activities that involve focusing on nearby objects, such as reading, writing or computer work
- experience headaches
If you are concerned about your vision request an appointment today.