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Doctor insights on: Farsightedness (Hyperopia)

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Can a car accident result in severe farsightedness aka hyperopia?

Can a car accident result in severe farsightedness aka hyperopia?

Unlikely: Trauma to an eye, severe enough to change its lens power would probably damage the eye to a poorly corrrectable level. Minor trauma such as the indirect jostling an eye receives in an auto accident will not change the eye power. ...Read more

Dr. Mitchell Vogel
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Farsightedness (Definition)

also referred to as Hyperopia. A short axial length of the eye or a non-optimized lens allows light to focus behind the retina instead of on the retinal plane. This typically results in an inability to ...Read more


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What is hyperopia or farsightedness?

What is hyperopia or farsightedness?

Hyperopia: If the eye from front to back is too short, so that the lens and cornea cannot focus the light inside the eye (too weak), the correction for this is to supply a magnifying lens in the eyeglasses. The lens of a farsighted person behaves like a magnifying glass. Most hyperopia is in young people and they grow out of much of it. It also reappears in people past 40 as the natural lens loses focus. ...Read more

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Who gets hyperopia?

Who gets hyperopia?

Any one: Anyone is prone to hyperopia, both the young and the old. There is no prediction who gets it. ...Read more

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What causes hyperopia?

What causes hyperopia?

Hyperopia: Hyperopia is farsightedness where vision is blurred at near and distance, requiring a plus lens correction. This, as with myopia, is determined by shape and refractive power of cornea, length of eye and refractive power of lens. Seen more with shorter eyes. ...Read more

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What is farsightedness?

What is farsightedness?

Unclear close vision: Farsightedness refers to blurring of near vision, with distant vision relatively preserved. It is a common type of age-related vision change, sometimes known as "presbyopia". ...Read more

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How is hyperopia treated?

How is hyperopia treated?

Surgery vs. correcti: The most simple way to treat hyperopia is wearing glasses or lenses. There is also lasik surgery that has recently emerged as a treatment option. You may consult with your ophthalmologist regarding your options. ...Read more

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How common is farsightedness?

How common is farsightedness?

Farsighted: Almost all infants are farsighted, and most grow out of it. In the middle years, myopia is much more common. Farsightedness becomes more common after age forty due to lens changes in the eye. The frequency varies with race and national origin. ...Read more

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How to help my farsightedness?

How to help my farsightedness?

Glasses or contacts: Glasses or contacts will improve your farsightedness in nearly all cases. Some people are also candidates for refractive surgery. ...Read more

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Could you fake farsightedness?

Yes but why?: It would take a reasonably good understanding of the impact of farsightedness on ones vision to fake it. Of course, why would you want to do this? ...Read more

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Does hyperopia change with age?

Does hyperopia change with age?

It may: Hyperopia may change, namely, getting worse. Also, when your vision gets older, your hyperopia will change as well. ...Read more

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Could you outgrow farsightedness?

Yes: Almost all new borns are farsighted but fortunately the lens can compensate for this. Their eyes are too short front to back and that is the definition of farsightedness. As they grow, so does the eye and hopefully the eye length and optics match and as adults they will need nothing. If the eye grows too much, they may become myopic. ...Read more

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I've got farsightedness. Now what?

Optical help: This is a refractive state of the eye in which a magnifying type lens in a spectacle will give you clear focus. It is a little bit misnamed as the natural lens can correct it for a while but when the lens loses its ability to compensate, it will show up. Contact lenses can help also and many are eligible for lasik. Your ophthalmologist can sort this out for you. ...Read more

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What causes farsightedness to occur?

What causes farsightedness to occur?

Eyeball, or Lens: Either your eyeball is too short and the focal point for light lands behind your retina, or the lens in your eye lacks focusing power. Under 40, may self correct. May be symptomless. It is treatable with corrective. ...Read more

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What is hyperopia and how is it caused?

What is hyperopia and how is it caused?

Farsightedness: Hyperopia is due to a relative lack or corneal and lens focusing capability in the eye. The eyes may be smaller. Severe hyperopia may also be related to an increased incidence of glaucoma. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is farsightedness?

Can't see near: Farsighted eyes are focused far off into the distance. They tend to be small eyes that cannot bring near images into focus on the film layer of the eye (retina). The images would essentially form behind the eye, and one would have to walk backwards to bring the retina to the image. Glasses correct farsightedness by providing extra focus to "bring" the image forward onto the retina. ...Read more

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Why is a convex lens used for hyperopia?

Optics: In farsightedness, the power of the eye is too weak and the light is focusing behind retina at the back of the eye. A convex lens is used to compensate for the weak eye and bend the light more so that it is focused on the retina instead of behind it. Hope that helps. ...Read more