Farsightedness Surgery

Written by Julie Bruff
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About Hyperopia

Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is a refractive disorder of the eye. This means that light coming through the eye is focused in the wrong place instead of directly on the retina as it should be. In fact, with hyperopia, the point of focus will be behind the retina. While objects in the distance appear clearly to people with hyperopia, objects close up will be blurred.

The problem here is that the eyeball is too short. Many children actually outgrow their hyperopia as they get bigger and the eye grows too. This is just one reason why children are not candidates for farsightedness surgery. But there are other reasons so surgeons will generally not consider farsightedness surgery for children at all.

Need Farsightedness Surgery?

There are many different degrees of farsightedness, and some people need no treatment at all. But most people wear glasses or contacts to correct their problem. Increasingly though, people are seeking out laser eye surgeons to perform farsightedness surgery so that they can go without their glasses or contacts.

In most cases farsightedness surgery is extremely successful and the patient is very happy that at last they can see without glasses or contacts. But sometimes the results are not as good as expected and the surgeon will have to perform another "touch up" surgery. With LASIK farsightedness surgery this is known as LASIK enhancement. One of the best ways of making sure you have successful LASIK surgery for farsightedness is to find yourself a very good surgeon.


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