What is Hyperopia or Long-Sightedness?

22 Jun 2012

Hyperopia (long-sightedness) happens when the eye is shorter than normal, so the light rays entering the eye end up focused behind the retina.


This causes the image on the retina to be blurred, so although distant objects may appear fairly clear, objects that are close to you appear fuzzy and indistinct.


Most children are actually long-sighted, but their young eyes have the ability to bend light rays to place them directly on the retina so they don’t have blurring. As adults, however, we experience Hyperopia differently-in fact when people have significant Hyperopia, it can blur your vision for objects at any distance, near or far.


Close tasks like reading prove problematic for those with long-sightedness and people often experience eye strain and headaches. You may even find yourself squinting.


As Hyperopia is another member of the group of eye conditions where focusing is the problem, it can be corrected. Optilase Laser Eye Clinics can gently reshape the cornea to fix the focusing issue, so your corrected eye places the light rays on the retina without any blurring.


Optilase have perfected the technique of using cool beam laser, called ‘Excimer’, to gently reshape the cornea. The whole procedure only takes a few minutes to complete, and the results can be life-changing, eliminating the need for corrective eyewear.


From the moment you step into the clinic our Laser Eye experts will tailor your entire experience so you’re correctly assessed, treated and cared for. They’ll answer all your questions, your surgeon will have an extensive consultation with you, addressing any concerns you may have.


On the day of your surgery, you’ll be in the care of the whole Optilase surgery team, including your Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Surgery Nurses, Laser Technician and Support Staff. They will ask you to bring a friend or family member with you, and after your procedure Optilase provide a comprehensive aftercare service, ensuring you can see the world clearly again-no squinting!

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