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Hyperopia

Hyperopia -Farsightedness, is a common vision problem affecting about 25% of the U.S. population. Hyperopia sufferers can see distant objects well, but have difficulty seeing up close objects.

Hyperopia Symptoms

Farsighted people might have headaches or eyestrain, and find themselves squinting or fatigued doing anything which is close-range. If you still experience symptoms such as these with glasses or contact lenses, your eye prescription most likely needs to be updated.

What Causes Hyperopia?

Farsightedness is typically when the eyeball is shorter than normal so the light rays entering the eye focus behind the retina, rather than on it. Many children are born with hyperopia, and some outgrow the problem as the eyeball lengthens with normal growth.

Some confusion exists between hyperopia and presbyopia, since both conditions involve difficulty with up close vision. Presbyopia has a different cause and occurs after age 40.

Hyperopia Treatment

Eyeglasses or contact lenses almost always can correct farsightedness by changing the way light rays bend as they enter the eyes. Your glasses or contact lens prescription will begin with plus numbers, +2.50, +4, etc. when you are farsighted.

Depending on the amount of farsightedness you have, you may need to wear glasses or contact lenses all the time, or only during reading, or work.

If you work prolonged periods on a on a computer screen or do other close-up work for long periods consult with your eye doctor for special work prescription glasses.

Refractive surgery, such as LASIK or PRK, is another option for correcting hyperopia.

As of Tuesday evening, March 17th, the CDC has recommended that all routine eye care be deferred until further notice, in order to slow the transmission of COVID-19 through our community. We will follow their recommendations and close our office to regular eye exams until further notice.

Please be assured that we are still available to triage all urgent and emergent issues as well as help you with routine matters during this challenging time.

What does this mean?

1) If you are scheduled for an annual eye examination our office will contact you to reschedule
2) If you need to replace glasses or contact lenses and need an extension on your prescription, please contact us and we will assist you in obtaining some until you can come in for a visit.
3) If you are running out of medication please contact us and we can transmit a refill electronically to your pharmacy.
4) If you have an ocular emergency we are, as always, available to help you at any time. Call us at 970-221-4811.
5) If you have an issue that cannot wait for an office visit, contact us and we will schedule a FaceTime, Skype or telephone appointment with one of our doctors. Medicare has temporarily relaxed its telehealth rules to allow this type of communication during the pandemic crisis. Other insurers may follow suit and allow for reimbursement of virtual care costs. The consultation must be initiated at your request.
6) During this period of social distancing and quarantine, we must all do our part by restricting activities outside the home except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
7) Please remember that 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild and resolve within a week. However, if you feel your symptoms are worsening, call ahead before visiting your doctor’s office or emergency department and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.

The CDC has many wonderful resources. Arming yourself and your family with clear information will help you avoid undue stress.https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

We have asked our staff to stay home until further notice to protect them, our patients, our city, our nation, and our planet. Despite the financial and emotional hardships this will cause, we ask every one of you to do the same.

Together we will weather this storm.

With sincerest wishes for your continued good health, we remain at your service,

Eyecare Associates