FACTS ABOUT FARSIGHTEDNESS
To properly understand how to correct farsightedness, it’s useful to first review the cause of the condition. Farsightedness is a common issue for many individuals and bears similarity to nearsightedness: it involves the eye’s incorrect focusing of light. Farsightedness is also known as hyperopia: where the eye focuses better on distant objects than close ones. During childhood, those with farsightedness may not notice any symptoms since the muscles and lens within each eye may be able to overcome it, but as time goes by even mild symptoms tend to increase in severity.
Symptoms may include headaches, eye strain, fatigue after reading, and others. Fortunately, a basic eye exam can properly diagnose the problem. There are a number of treatments for farsightedness, including eyeglasses, contact lenses, surgery, or even controlling health problems (i.e. lowering blood pressure, which can correct vision problems).
Understanding these solutions is necessary when attempting to evaluate how to correct farsightedness. Surgery is the most permanent solution, which includes both PRK and LASIK procedures. PRK involves shaping the cornea so light can focus either close to or on the retina. In contrast, during the LASIK procedure a flap is cut through the top of the cornea, a laser removes corneal tissue, and the flap is secured in its original location.
LASIK is the most common vision correction surgical treatment, with a brief recovery time of a few days at most and a very high success rate.