Understanding hyperopia and what it means for your eyes

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understanding hyperopia

If you visit your optician regularly you will be used to hearing optical terms that, quite frankly, mean nothing to you. Unless you’re an optical professional, many of the words could mean anything and, unfortunately, some opticians aren’t so great at explaining what they’re talking about.


At Eye Emporium, we believe it’s important that you understand the findings of your eye examinations so that you can make informed decisions on the best option for correction. Our experts always take as much time as needed to answer any questions that you may have about problems you’re experiencing, results of your test, or things you’re concerned about.


It’s all too common that people start to notice a change in their vision and get scared. Then, instead of tackling the problem with a simple eye examination, they ignore the problem and hope it will correct itself. There is no need to worry. It’s very likely that any problem you’re experiencing, your optician will have seen hundreds of times before. They will be able to offer you a fast and easy solution, so don’t suffer unnecessarily.


One term that you may have heard before is ‘hyperopia’. As scary as it might sound, it’s simply the term for being long- or far-sighted. This means that you can see things in the distance very well, but things up close are a little blurry.


If you have hyperopia, it means that your eye or eyes don’t bend light properly to a single focus, meaning that things aren’t as clear as they should be.


You may notice that close-up tasks become a little more difficult; like reading a book or sewing, for example. You may experience headaches more frequently, or you may develop eye strain or squint more often.


However, once you’ve visited a trusted optician and had your hyperopia diagnosed, it’s simple to correct with glasses or contact lenses. A routine eye examination – reading letters off a chart – will tell your optician what prescription you need to correct the problem. They will also take other measurements, using other non-invasive tests, to work out the perfect correction.


Once you have hyperopia, you will always need correction unless you choose to undergo laser eye surgery. However, regular visits to your optician will ensure that your eyewear is also the perfect prescription and fit to ensure your vision is always comfortable. Most people can choose between spectacles and contact lenses, or both! Your optician will explain the benefits of each and work with you to decide on the best solution for your lifestyle.


As hyperopia is a common eye condition there is a wide variety of lenses on offer, as well as a huge array of contact lens wear options, such as daily, fortnightly, or monthly disposables. If you are newly diagnosed it can be difficult to decide exactly what is right for you. We’d encourage you to come and speak to our experts at Eye Emporium. We will give you as much time as you need to answer your questions and concerns, to go through your options with you, and to ensure you understand everything you need to.


For more information on hyperopia, or to book your eye examination, call us on 0800 020 9202, we’d be delighted to help.