Treatments for hyperopia (long-sightedness)
Hyperopia is the medical term for long-sightedness, or far-sightedness, which is a common type of refractive error. If you are long-sighted, you may see objects in the distance more clearly than objects that are close-up. Driving or sitting in the back row at a cinema may not present any problems at all, but reading or using a computer may cause strain.
How is hyperopia treated?
There are several different treatment options for hyperopia, and the right treatment for you will depends on several factors, including your age. Optometry products such as reading glasses are one of several possible treatments.
Laser eye surgery
Laser eye surgery can be effective in correcting hyperopia, and your eye doctor will know whether you’re a candidate after a thorough eye examination. If you have a high degree of hyperopia you may not be suitable for traditional laser eye surgery, but other types of treatment may be possible, for example Refractive Lens Exchange or Phakic ICL treatment.
Refractive Lens Exchange
Refractive lens exchange may reduce – or even eliminate – your dependence on eye glasses. It may also prevent cataracts, and is particularly suitable for people over 45.
Phakic ICL treatment
Phakic ICL is a procedure in which a contact lens is implanted in your eye. ICL stands for “implantable contact lens”, also sometimes called an intraocular lens (IOL). It’s like wearing a contact lens inside your eye instead of on the surface, and it’s practically invisible. ICL is an alternative solution for people who are unsuitable for laser eye surgery.