Farsightedness (hyperopia)

With farsightedness (hyperopia), images are in the focus behind the retina. One can think of the front surface, or cornea, as too flat, or the eye as too short. Farsightedness can be corrected with spectacles or contact lenses.

Farsightedness is also easily corrected with LASIK. During hyperopic LASIK, the cornea is steepened by removing more tissue in the periphery of the cornea than centrally.

Patients with very high degrees of hyperopia may also benefit by removing the natural lens inside the eye and replacing it with a higher than normal powered intraocular lens.