About 5-10% of Americans are farsighted, making it one of the most common refractive errors for both kids and adults. In farsightedness, your vision at a distance is good, but you have trouble seeing close-up. At Great Neck Opticians in Great Neck, New York, expert optometrists Yelena Pinkhasova, OD, and Eleonora Tamayeva, OD, offer custom corrective lenses, including both eyeglasses and contacts, to help you achieve optimal vision. Book your appointment online or call the office to get vision correction now.
Hyperopia, commonly referred to as farsightedness, is a condition in which you have good distance vision, but it’s hard to see well at close distances. Farsightedness is the opposite of nearsightedness (myopia), in which you can see well close-up but struggle at a distance. Farsightedness is the second-most common refractive error, after nearsightedness.
You can have one or the other in each eye. Although it’s quite rare, it’s possible to be nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in your other eye. If that’s the case for you, it’s not a problem: Dr. Pinkhasova or Dr. Tamayeva can prescribe different corrective lenses for each eye.
If you're farsighted and don't have proper vision correction, you may have symptoms beyond blurry vision at close distances. Some common farsightedness issues can include headaches, tired eyes or eye strain, and a tendency to squint.
Astigmatism is a refractive error that often occurs at the same time as farsightedness. If you’re farsighted and have blurry vision up close, it might be at least partially due to astigmatism. Astigmatism is quite common, and like farsightedness, it’s easily treatable with the right corrective lenses. Both glasses and contacts can correct astigmatism and farsightedness at the same time.
For most men, women, and children, the best solution for farsightedness is corrective lenses. Dr. Pinkhasova or Dr. Tamayeva can prescribe either glasses or contact lenses for your farsightedness.
The National Eye Institute calls eyeglasses the “simplest and safest” option for correcting farsightedness, but contact lenses may offer advantages that glasses don’t. For example, contacts can give you better side vision than glasses do.
In most cases, either glasses or contacts can correct your farsightedness and give you optimal vision, so Dr. Pinkhasova or Dr. Tamayeva will help you make the right choice.
Some adults may opt for laser surgery like LASIK to permanently correct farsightedness without glasses or contacts. But laser surgery isn’t right for everyone. If you’re interested in permanent farsightedness correction, talk to Dr. Pinkhasova or Dr. Tamayeva about whether laser surgery could work for you.
Use the online scheduler or call Great Neck Opticians to get help for farsightedness now.