It can start with a headache after doing close work, or a burning in your eyes, but often symptoms of farsightedness are so slight they are undetectable. As your condition advances some symptoms that become more obvious can be eye strain, aching eyes, difficulty focusing on near objects, and irritability after concentrating on something for a long period of time. These are common symptoms of farsightedness and when any or all of these are experienced you need to visit an eye specialist, such as our eye doctor in Vegas. At our state-of-the-art facility your entire family can get thorough eye exams that will not only detect farsightedness but any other condition that may affect the healthy vision of you or your children. Routine vision screenings are often done in schools but are not very effective in detecting farsightedness.
Farsightedness (hyperopia) means that you can see better far away than you can close up, so closer objects will be blurry. There are some cases where higher amounts of farsightedness also prevent you from seeing clearly up close. Often running in families, your ability to focus properly is determined by the degree of your farsightedness and is usually present at birth. Most babies and young children are slightly farsighted as their eyes grow and lengthen, but the condition usually corrects itself by the time they are 7 or 8. As explained to you by Paul Thompson, OD, our eye doctor in Vegas, farsightedness is caused by your eye being smaller than average, or the cornea having too little of a curve. With these existing conditions, the light that is focused in your eye lands behind your retina rather than on the retina.
In milder cases of farsightedness, your eyes might be able to adjust without corrective lenses but usually our eye doctor in Vegas will prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct your problem. To move the image from behind your retina to on the retina itself, glasses, contact lenses or even refractive surgery may be recommended. Although farsightedness is a common condition, Dr. Thompson makes your healthy eyesight a goal, and whatever the condition, we do our educated best to maintain your clearest vision possible.