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About Hyperopia

Good vision is something everybody wants. It can impact daily activities, work performance, favorite pastimes, and even working out. Hyperopia, often referred to as farsightedness, is among the most frequently treated types of vision impairments. Around 5 – 10 percent of Americans have hyperopia. Hyperopia is characterized as the reduced ability to clearly view things that are close up, such as text in a book or photographs. This condition can make hobbies and tasks, like sewing and vacuuming, challenging. Much like nearsightedness, the severity of hyperopia can be diagnosed as slight to significant and will often lead to other unwanted symptoms that can bother you on a day-to-day basis. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to handle your hyperopia.

At Wang Vision Institute, our knowledgeable team can determine if you have hyperopia and detail all of your possible treatment choices. Set up your visit to our Nashville, TN facility for your thorough vision exam with one of our skilled optometrists and get one step closer to achieving better vision.

Symptoms of farsightedness

Patients with farsightedness may not notice the signs until their near vision starts to look fuzzy. The inability to clearly see items near the eyes is the most notable sign of being farsighted. Nevertheless, hyperopia that isn’t obvious yet or has been neglected does sometimes result in eye fatigue, also referred to as asthenopia. The extra strain on the eyes that comes from performing certain tasks, such as studying, playing video games, or using the computer, can trigger headaches, burning and sore eyes, and stiffness in the shoulders and neck. Those who currently use corrective lenses for hyperopia but are still having these symptoms need to set up an eye exam to see if their prescription should be adjusted.


For the most part, hyperopia runs in the family. The impaired close-up vision of hyperopia is the result of the curve of either the eyeball itself or of the cornea. When the whole eye is compressed from front to back, it affects the curvature of the eye, leading to problems with how light hits the retina. Similarly, when the cornea is not round enough, light entering the eye can't be focused by the retina properly. In most cases, hyperopia is present at birth, though children may eventually overcome their farsightedness as their eyes continue developing. This condition is often confused with presbyopia. Both conditions affect near vision, but they are separate conditions. Presbyopia refers to the decline in near vision due to the hardening in the eye’s lens and occurs as we age, generally developing in men and women aged 40 years or more.

Diagnosis of hyperopia

During your one-on-one appointment at Wang Vision Institute, we will perform a thorough eye assessment to check your overall eye health. Each comprehensive assessment will incorporate standard vision acuity tests to detect any refractive vision abnormalities, such as farsightedness. The tests we do to find out whether you have hyperopia are the same tests that are used to check for myopia. These basic assessments typically involve the person showing how plainly he or she can read the letters on an eye chart, as well as one or two tests to determine if light is being focused on the retinas right in the center. Each acuity test is noninvasive and completed in a short amount of time. In the event that you have hyperopia, our optometrist will also perform tests to create an appropriate prescription for your lenses.

Treatment Options

The assessments for hyperopia aren't the only things it has in common with myopia: the potential treatment options are also quite comparable and enable individuals to choose either glasses or contact lenses, depending on their preferences and activity levels. Our team often recommends that people choose a combination of the two for different tasks. Certain individuals with hyperopia may also be eligible for laser vision correction, like LASIK or PRK. After your evaluation, we can tell you whether laser vision correction could be a potential option for you. For those who are eligible, refractive surgery can provide life-changing, long-lasting clear vision.


Those who have farsightedness can struggle with many kinds of common activities, leading to exasperation in work settings and during free time. Wearing the corrective glasses or contacts you need to enhance your close-up vision can bring about a positive difference in your life. Speak with the team at Wang Vision Institute to schedule your comprehensive eye exam with one of our skilled optometrists if you have trouble seeing close up. Our highly esteemed team, led by Dr. Ming Wang and Dr. Josh Frenkel, has helped thousands of patients from Nashville, TN and beyond achieve their sharpest eyesight.

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