Glasses vs. Surgery: Hyperopia Treatment Options in Melbourne

Long-sightedness, also known as hyperopia, is a common refractive error that affects around a quarter of the population. The condition makes it hard to focus on objects up close and can be associated with visual strain, concentration difficulties, headaches and fatigue. Hyperopia is caused by either the cornea having too little curvature or an eyeball being too short.

Hyperopia treatment ranges from glasses and contact lenses to laser eye surgery. NewVision Clinics specialises in the latter, helping patients in Melbourne enjoy a longer-term solution to this visual impairment. Below, we compare the treatment options.

Treating Hyperopia with Glasses

Hyperopia can be safely and easily corrected using prescription glasses that are tailored to your level of impairment. These prescription glasses focus light correctly on your retina so close-up objects no longer appear blurry. The weight and thickness of the lens, however, depend on the severity of your long-sightedness, which can progressively worsen with age.

Treating Hyperopia with Contact Lenses

Contact lenses essentially work the same as glasses. Many people prefer this treatment option due to their subtle appearance. They are also easier for physical activity and improve the field of vision by eliminating frames. They can, however, be a hassle to put in and take out each day. If you use reusable lenses instead of daily disposables, you must also carefully disinfect them to avoid infection risks.

Treating Hyperopia with Laser Eye Surgery

Laser eye surgery is an effective and long-lasting hyperopia treatment that works by reshaping your cornea to correct the refractive error. The most common procedure today is LASIK surgery, which involves reshaping your cornea with a precise laser. It can take as little as 15 to 20 minutes with recovery lasting only a few days.

Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK surgery, however. Your eye needs to be in good enough health with a sufficiently thick cornea. The possibility of Refractive Lens Exchange being available for the more severe hyperopes of an appropriate age can be considered. The majority of LASIK patients can drastically improve their vision but may still need glasses for certain activities.

Learn More About Hyperopia Treatment in Melbourne

NewVision Clinics in Melbourne can advise you on the best hyperopia treatment option for your long-sightedness. If you’re interested in learning whether laser eye surgery is right for you, contact us today for a free consultation.