Farsightedness or hypermetropia is an eye disorder which makes it difficult to focus on near objects. The eye has more and more trouble focusing at short distances, because the lens becomes less flexible or the eye socket is too short.
Farsightedness is inherited. A quarter of the population suffers from this disorder. Farsightedness is a progressive disorder. At birth you can see everything perfectly well from 5 cm. At the age of seventy your eyes cannot focus on anything closer than 2 metres. The culprit is the lens, which becomes less flexible. Farsightedness is also possible at a younger age.
If you are farsighted, you probably have difficulty focusing on nearby objects. If so, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with Dr. Vryghem. He will make the right diagnosis, and will immediately check your eyes for other disorders. Because farsightedness often goes hand in hand with astigmatism – especially if you are older than forty.
Farsightedness is a normal part of the ageing process which begins between the age of forty and fifty. In the first ten years hypermetropia develops quickly, stabilising thereafter. Fortunately there are ways to correct farsightedness: glasses are the most obvious option. If you are farsighted at a young age, then refractive eye surgery or a laser operation should be considered. Dr. Vryghem will tell you all about it.
If you think you might have hypermetropia, contact Dr. Vryghem. Or visit our clinic. Then you can see it with your own eyes.
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