Farsightedness: How Far Are You Holding Your Reading Away From You These Days?

Farsightedness: How Far Are You Holding Your Reading Away From You These Days?

We have all seen it…people holding their menus, maps and cell phones at arm’s length, desperately trying to make out the print. Hyperopia or farsightedness is a common refractive condition that can causes distant objects to become clearer than closer objects.

However, not everyone experiences this eye condition in the same way. Farsightedness can affect kids and adults alike. Many people of all ages do not notice how much their eyes are changing when gradual changes are taking place. Those with severe farsightedness may experience blurriness with objects at any distance (near and far).

iSight Optometry in Kelowna wants you to enjoy your vision to the max! It is essential to have your family’s vision testing done regularly to ensure that any changes can be monitored and corrected with an accurate prescription.

Why Does Farsighted Vision Occur?

Eyes that focus images behind the retina as opposed to on the retina, lead to blurry vision and difficulty focusing. This happens when the eyeball is too short, preventing incoming light from focusing accurately on the retina directly. Farsightedness may also occur due to an abnormally shaped lens or a flat cornea.

Approximately 5 to 10 percent of people in the USA suffer from this common eye issue. Hereditary factors may influence those who are more likely to develop the condition.

Kelowna, Take Note of Common Symptoms!

Take note if you or any members of your family seem to be squinting regularly, complaining of headaches, notice blurry vision of close items or complain of eyestrain. Children may not understand what eyestrain is; therefore, be aware if they are rubbing their eyes more than normal, having concentration issues with homework or losing interest in sports or favourite activities they once enjoyed.

Vision changes can occur slowly for some clients and more rapidly for others. Maintain a healthy set eyes by booking a comprehensive vision test with us to monitor your ocular health. Age, puberty, certain medications and other health concerns can affect your eyesight. Keeping your medical records up to date at each eye appointment is vital to ensure your personal chart contains all of your pertinent information. 

It’s important to note that the symptoms of farsightedness and presbyopia are similar, but these two conditions aren’t the same thing. Both can lead to headaches, eye strain, overall fatigue, and trouble seeing things up close, but the reasons behind these symptoms are different.

Farsightedness, or hyperopia, occurs when an irregularly-shaped eye prevents light from properly lining up with the retina. The result is that it’s hard to see things close up. People of any age, including babies, can be farsighted.

Presbyopia is an age-related condition in which the lens of the eye becomes less flexible. Seeing details like words in a book or an online article, or adjusting focus between far-away and nearby objects is difficult. This condition is most common in people between the ages of 40 and 50.

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Optometry Treatment

Clients can choose between prescription glasses, contact lenses or even corrective eye surgery if they are a successful candidate. Our team is happy to discuss your best course of action in order to have you seeing clearly and concisely once again. Eyeglasses are the most popular way to treat farsightedness and the easiest to begin with if this is your first vision correction.

Contact lenses are great once you learn how to properly wash your hands, prepare your lenses and understand the specifics of your contact solution. Eye surgery may be another option to consider. We have an extensive selection of stylish frames for children and adults and many brands of comfortable contact lenses on hand to help you find a customized solution.

Let’s Check Your Eye Status Today!

Improperly focussing on a daily basis can quickly take its’ toll on ones’ patience, safety, comfort and more. Ignoring your eyesight can put yourself and others at risk while driving or operating heavy equipment. Squinting unnecessarily can contribute to earlier crow’s feet and being unable to see can rob one of enjoyment and concentration.

If anyone in your family seems a little out of sorts, is tripping more often or having difficulty completing their studies and reading homework, give us a ring! Learn about what is happening to your eyes and how to address the situation in order to see perfectly once again! We look forward to helping you cross this years’ eye exams off of your “To Do” list!

iSight Optometry provides a positive and informative atmosphere for all of our clients. Contact iSight Optometry today to book an eye appointment.