Last Updated on Sep 25, 2014

How can Hyperopia be Treated?

Hyperopia is usually corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Laser or surgical correction may also be carried out.

The treatment for hyperopia depends on several factors such as the patient's age, activities, and occupation. In mild cases, the eyes may be able to compensate without corrective lenses. Most children also outgrow the condition. But as aging occurs, corrective measures may be required.

Hyperopia can be treated with the help of-

  • Eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Surgical correction

Eyeglasses or contact lenses

Glasses (spectacles) or contact lenses are the most common method used to correct most long-sightedness. A person may need to wear glasses only when reading, working on a computer or while doing other close work. Some patients may have to wear it constantly.

Surgical correction

Refractive surgery is another option for correcting hyperopia. It may reduce or eliminate your need to wear glasses or contact lenses. The lens may be replaced with an artificial lens of the desired power.

Laser surgeries are more commonly used to treat hyperopia. These allow changes to be made on the cornea so that the refracted light falls directly on the retina. The laser surgeries used to treat hyperopia include:

  • PRK (photorefractive keratectomy)
  • LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis)
  • LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis)

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