Hyperopia, commonly known as farsightedness, is a refractive disorder that affects many people. At Fountain Valley Optometry, we offer comprehensive eye exams and specialized treatment for hyperopia and other eye conditions. In this article, we will discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for hyperopia. 


Causes of Hyperopia

Hyperopia is caused by a few potential factors. The eyeball may be too short, or the cornea or lens may be misshapen. These issues can prevent light from being refracted properly onto the retina, leading to blurry vision when viewing objects up close.

Symptoms of Hyperopia

Mild hyperopia may not cause noticeable symptoms. However, those with moderate to severe hyperopia may experience blurry vision when viewing objects up close, eye strain, headaches, eye redness, frequent squinting, difficulty reading, and burning eyes. Hyperopia is common in children, but 5-10% of the population will have the condition as adults.

Degrees of Hyperopia

Hyperopia is categorized into three degrees, namely low hyperopia (+2 or lower), moderate hyperopia (+2.25 to +5), and high hyperopia (+5.25 or higher). Children's eyes can often self-correct, but some may require treatment if the condition persists.

Diagnosing Hyperopia

An optometrist can diagnose hyperopia through a comprehensive eye exam. If hyperopia is detected, further tests will be performed to determine the degree of hyperopia and its underlying cause.

Hyperopia Treatment Options

Hyperopia can be treated with glasses, contacts, or corrective surgery.


Eyeglasses are a common treatment option for hyperopia. Your optometrist will provide you with the correct prescription and help you choose the best lenses and frames for your needs and lifestyle.

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are also an option for treating hyperopia. There are several types of contacts, including hard, soft, and gas permeable contacts. Some are designed for long-term wear, while others are designed to be removed and disposed of each night.

LASIK Surgery

LASIK surgery offers a permanent solution for hyperopia. A laser is used to reshape the cornea, allowing light to be reflected properly onto the retina. LASIK is suitable for treating hyperopia up to +6, making it an ideal choice for those with high hyperopia. 

Contact Fountain Valley Optometry

At Fountain Valley Optometry, we understand how hyperopia can affect your vision and your daily life. If you suspect that you have hyperopia or any other eye condition, contact us to schedule an appointment. We offer comprehensive eye exams, treatment options, and personalized care to ensure that you have the best possible vision. Call us today at (714) 210-2393 to learn more.