Farsightedness, also called hyperopia, is when you can see things far away clearly, but objects which are close are indistinct or fuzzy. Farsightedness is often genetic and present at birth, but often occurs as people reach the age of 40 and their eyes begin to age.
Because of this, people who spent their entire lives without glasses now have trouble performing simple tasks like reading a newspaper or computer screen. They have lost the ability to focus for nearness, and may now need glasses throughout the day to function. Whether someone is nearsighted or farsighted, the problem is that the lens or cornea is not curved properly, causing refractive errors.
Problems with Being Farsighted
While it does not cause as many problems in young people, whose eyes adapt, farsightedness often causes other problems in older people, whose eyes are less able to handle the problems associated with being unable to see close up. Children sometimes get crossed eyes and may have learning difficulties as they try to succeed in school.
Adults’ quality of life suffers with hyperopia, as it becomes more and more difficult to perform simple tasks. Adults often experience eye strain as their eyes work harder and harder when sitting in front of a computer for hours on end. Safety even becomes an issue, as adults try to operate heavy machinery like cars with impaired eyesight.
Traditional Corrective Eye Surgery
The original way to do corrective eye surgery involved cutting the cornea, a quick, painless procedure which made the eye the proper shape.Once the eye has been reshaped, light can properly reflect and visual acuity is improved.
LASIK, or Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is a refractive eye surgery and uses a computer-controlled laser to cut the eye, shaping it to conform to a normal, healthy shape. The doctor makes a cut into your cornea, then removes layers from the center. Then the original place where the skin was cut is put back down.
LASIK is different from other methods because it uses an excimer laser, which doesn’t produce heat.
Does LASIK Work for Farsightedness?
While there are some exceptions, LASIK can correct most farsightedness. The doctor will use the same method as when correcting nearsightedness, reshaping the eye so that light refracts properly and vision becomes more clear.
Who Should Get LASIK for Farsightedness?
Whether you will be a good candidate depends on several factors. One of those is the stability of your prescription because surgery is not recommended if your eyes are still likely to change significantly. Your doctor will also evaluate how healthy your eyes are and other general conditions such as dryness, which could get worse after LASIK.
If you want to explore your options, and perhaps see if you are a candidate to have LASIK surgery free you from wearing corrective lenses every day, contact MVC Eye Care. Serving Merrimack, Milford, Manchester and surrounding areas, we are currently accepting new patients.