Clinical Pearl of the Day: Farsightedness
Farsightedness (hyperopia) is a common vision condition in which you can see distant objects clearly, but objects nearby may be blurry.
- The degree of farsightedness influences focusing ability.
- People with severe farsightedness may be able to clearly see only objects a great distance away, whereas those with mild farsightedness may be able to clearly see objects that are closer.
- Farsightedness usually is present at birth and tends to run in families.
- Symptoms may include nearby objects appearing blurry, needing to squint to see clearly, having eyestrain, burning eyes, and eye discomfort.
- Treatment: You can easily correct this condition with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Another treatment option is surgery.
- Surgery: Refractive surgery methods may include Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK), and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK).