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Treating hyperopia

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All treatments for hyperopia adjust your focus precisely onto your retina (rather than behind it). For children this means their eyesight will develop as well as possible. For children and adults it reduces symptoms such as headaches and double vision, help you to see better, and improve your quality of life.

Corrective lenses (glasses and contact lenses) change the way light focuses into your eye, while refractive surgery reshapes the surface of your eye so light focuses onto the retina. Wearing glasses or contact lenses will not make your eyes weaker, although people often feel they need them more as they become used to seeing things more clearly and feeling more comfortable.

It is very important for some young children to wear glasses, as it helps their vision to develop normally.


Prescription lenses help to focus light onto your retina (instead of behind it), so you can see more clearly and feel more comfortable. You may need more correction in one eye than the other. Your optometrist can discuss this with you after testing your eyes.

Contact lenses

There are many different types of contact lenses available, in both hard (rigid, gas permeable) and soft (usually disposable) materials. They include options for extended-wear and multifocal prescriptions. Ask your optometrist which ones will be best for you.

Refractive surgery

Refractive surgery, also called laser surgery, can permanently reshape the surface of your eye using methods such as LASIK, PRK, and LASEK. Ask your optometrist for more information. They can assess your suitability for surgery and refer you to a specialist eye surgeon if appropriate.

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Written by Canterbury optometrists. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Ophthalmology, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed November 2019.


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