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Overview: Hyperopia

Hyperopia, commonly known as far-sightedness, is condition that affects the way light is refracted into the eye and causes distant objects to appear clearer than objects that are closer.

For some people with hyperopia, especially the young, the effects of far-sightedness may not be very noticeable and, as a result, will continue to live with the condition without and serious problems for a long time. Others who experience more severe refractive dysfunction, the symptoms can be more noticeable where objects look blurry at any distance, near or far.

What causes hyperopia?

Refraction is when light is bent through one object to another. In the case of the eye, refraction occurs as light passes through the lens of the eye and bent towards, and focused, on the retina. The error occurs when light passing through the cornea and lens is incorrectly focused on the retina to produce an unclear picture. If the refraction is such that distant objects look clear and closer object are blurry you may have hyperopia.

The length of the eyeball is a key factor that can affect the shape of the cornea. This, plus the age and condition of the lens can contribute to visual error that result in hyperopia.

Hyperopia symptoms and signs

Apart from the obvious visual indicators, people with hyperopia may typically experience headaches or eye strain and may squint or feel fatigued when working. If, these symptoms persist despite using glasses or lenses, you should visit your option for further assessment.

Who is at risk for hyperopia?

Far-sightedness can affect anyone, at any age. Some people may be genetically predisposition with the condition in which case observing parents and relatives can give a good indication to how likely you’re to develop hyperopia.

Is laser eye surgery for everyone?

Laser eye surgery is an option for most people. In general, people that have the laser eye surgery are very satisfied with the results, but in some cases, if the desired outcome isn’t reached the first time round, additional sessions may be recommended.

Having said that, unfortunately, there may be some situations or conditions which mean laser eye surgery can’t be offered. The best course of action needs to be discussed and agreed with your practitioner after a full eye health assessment is carried out.

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Hyperopia treatments

Hyperopia can be corrected with the use of eyeglasses, contact lenses or laser eye surgery. For many people the use of corrective lenses is an extremely easy and convenient way to improve the quality of their sight. The use of corrective lenses will require regular check-ups to monitor the condition of the eye, and occasional adjustments to the prescription, to maintain a good level of vision.

For others, the opportunity to have laser eye surgery, to be less dependent on glasses or contacts, is an extremely exciting and favourable prospect. Refractive surgery can reduce or eliminate the reliance on corrective lenses. Depending on the conditions of your eye, and a few other factors your practitioner will need to consider, a specific type of laser eye surgery can be used for your treatment.

The most common laser eye procedures include:            

LASIK

LASIK laser eye surgery is a very popular treatment and is a type of refractive surgery that corrects common sight problems like short-sightedness, far-sightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia.

It works by reshaping the cornea to focus light entering the eye on to the retina. This achieves the desired outcome and gives you clearer vision.

SMILE laser eye surgery

SMILE is a minimally-invasive laser eye treatment. It’s carried out to correct short-sightedness and is available for people with or without astigmatism.

It’s a versatile procedure that can be used to treat patients with high prescriptions, dry eyes, thinner than usual corneas and those who cannot use contact lenses.

PRK laser eye surgery

Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is a type of refractive surgery that uses lasers to correct vision.

It works by using a laser to correct the curvature of the cornea’s surface to improve normal vision. This results in eliminating the reliance on glasses or contact lenses to see clearly.

LASEK

As with other laser eye procedures, LASEK reshapes the cornea with the use of a laser. This allows light entering the eye to be focused on to the retina, improving vision and eliminating the reliance on glasses or contact lenses to see clearly.

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Medical Tourism

Travelling abroad for medical treatments can bring with it many advantages. Some of the biggest worries many people have when seeking treatment is the time it takes to have the treatment and how much it will cost. The flexibly of travelling to access good quality treatment means treatments can often be carried out when it suits the patient, and the patient can save money. Having said that, cost should be a part of the consideration, but not the only consideration when choosing a care provider.

As a medical travel facilitator we currently work with highly experienced care providers in Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Turkey.

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