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Hyperopia vs. Myopia

Have you heard of hyperopia and myopia? If not, you may have heard of these vision problems by their more common names: farsightedness and nearsightedness. Use this vision care guide to see how these two conditions differ and how they can be treated:

What is Hyperopia?

Hyperopia is commonly known as farsightedness. People suffering from this condition have better and clearer vision when looking at far away objects than they do when looking at objects that are closer to their eyes. This condition occurs when the eye focuses light behind the retina instead of focusing light on the retina. Having hyperopia can make it difficult to read and complete tasks that involve working with your hands.

How is Hyperopia Treated?

Depending on the severity of your hyperopia, there are numerous ways we can improve your vision. Sometimes only part-time prescriptions are necessary while other times full-time correction may make your vision better. Many options exist to give you better vision like glasses, contact lenses, and even LASIK surgery for some cases.

What is Myopia?

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is another condition that affects vision. Unlike hyperopia, people with myopia can see closer objects better than distant ones. Myopia typically occurs when the eyeball does not retain its normal shape, causing incoming light to focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it. People suffering from myopia may experience problems at school or work because of their vision.

How is Myopia Treated?

Similar to hyperopia, myopia can be different for every patient. That is why it is important to visit an eye care professional and find an option that will work best for you. Eyeglasses and contacts can improve problems caused by myopia. LASIK surgery is also an option for some patients with myopia.

Learn more about correcting hyperopia and myopia by contacting Schaeffer Eye Center. Our optometrists can help you understand your vision problems and find the best solution. Request an appointment online or call us at (888) 987-2020.

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