Seeing the Whole Picture - Putting an end to Long-sightedness

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

[Sponsored Post by Coopervision] How can I tell if I am long-sighted? 
Maybe it is something that you have begun to notice. You are out at a restaurant and you find yourself holding the menu further and further away from your face to see your options. This is a very common problem and often gets highlighted as we get older, when tasks such as reading become more difficult. 
It can be quite disconcerting, as close up objects or writing become blurry despite the fact that objects in the distance can still be seen very clearly. Although long-sightedness – which is often referred to as Hyperopia – does become more common with age, it can also be diagnosed in childhood and it is often hereditary.  
Once we know what the symptoms of long-sightedness are, we need a solution to it. 
First of all, if you do start noticing these symptoms of blurred vision, eye-strain or needing to squint, it is important to get an eye exam from an optician. 
There are many different ways to treat the problems related to being long-sighted, including glasses and contact lenses. They have to correct a specific problem, which is that the eye is not powerful enough and, due to the shape of the eye, the focal point is incorrect. Unlike short-sightedness, where the focal point is in front of the retina making objects far away from  the eye difficult to focus on, for sufferers of hyperopia, the focal point is located behind the retina causing the opposite effect.
Contact lenses have now become the most widely used tool to correct eyesight problems, so how do they help with this particular issue? The contact lenses used to treat hyperopia are ones with spherical lenses, which both change the eye’s shape, and thus the focal point, and add some optical power to the eye in order to see close objects more clearly. Therefore if you would like to start reading again comfortably, with no need to stretch the book out too far in front of you, then contact lenses can be a comfortable and practical solution
My Thoughts : I have been diagnosed as being short-sighted (Myopia) since I was in primary school and have been living with it almost all my adult life. My parents have near perfect eyesight, but as age is catching up on them - it is inevitable that they have long-sightedness (Hyperopia) instead. Thankfully for us, its so easy to get diagnosed by a good and reputable optician nowadays! In addition, to maintain good eye health, -I recommend eating green, leafy vegetables often, not reading in the dark, and keeping the television or computer a good distance away so that you are not too close to the monitor. Last but not least, make sure your glasses or contact lens prescription is up-to-date so that you don't have to strain your eyes!
Do remember to take care of your eyesight! 
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  1. I also get the same problem.. I checked with my ophthalmologist last month and she just changed the lense of my glasses... I don't feel comfortable wearing eye glasses so maybe I would opt for contact lenses.


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