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Can I Wear Contacts if I'm Farsighted?

Mar 13,2024 | Lee

What factors contribute to farsightedness? Can farsightedness be corrected with contacts? In this article, we're here to help you choose the best contact lenses if you're farsighted.

What Is Farsightedness?

Farsightedness (also called hyperopia) is a refractive error where the eye struggles to properly bend light, leading to clear vision of distant objects but blurry vision of nearby objects. It is not an eye disease but a focusing disorder caused by the eye's shape preventing light from bending correctly onto the retina. Farsightedness can be hereditary and is easily corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery.

What Causes Farsightedness?

It occurs when the eyeball or the lens is too short, or the cornea is too flat, causing light to focus behind the retina instead of on it. This leads to nearby objects appearing blurry. Farsightedness can be hereditary. The condition can be diagnosed through a standard eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. If left untreated, farsightedness can lead to eye strain, headaches, and other visual impairments like amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes).

Can I Wear Contacts if I'm Farsighted?

Definitely yes! Contacts can correct farsightedness as they can provide clear vision at all distances and are often more aesthetically pleasing than eyeglasses. It is essential to consult with an eye care professional to determine the best treatment option for you.

Does Unibling Offer Contacts for Hyperopia?  

Currently, Unibling does not offer colored contacts specifically for hyperopia (farsightedness), though our R&D team is actively researching hyperopia lenses for potential future release.

In the meantime, Unibling highly recommends our excellent 0.00/Plano prescription colored contacts for those with normal vision or seeking decorative lenses. These provide a striking cosmetic effect while ensuring comfort and eye safety.

Unibling also offers a great selection of colored contacts tailored for myopia (nearsightedness), combining precise vision correction with vibrant, natural-looking tints.

What Type of Lens Do You Need for Farsightedness?

For farsightedness (hyperopia), you would need Rigid Gas Permeable(RGP), soft contacts, convex lenses, or plus-powered lenses. They bend light to focus properly on the retina, compensating for eye difficulties caused by short eyeball length or insufficient corneal curvature.

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP):

RGP is made of a firm plastic material that maintains its curved, convex shape on the eye. The convex curvature acts as a positive powered lens, helping to bend and focus light correctly onto the retina for farsighted individuals.

RGP contacts

Soft Contacts:

Soft contacts can also be prescribed with a positive (+) power to correct farsightedness. These lenses are made of flexible, water-containing plastic that conforms to the shape of the eye while incorporating the necessary positive power.

brown soft contact lenses

Convex Lenses:

They are thicker at the center and thinner at the edges. The convex contacts bend light rays inward, allowing them to focus more precisely on the retina. Convex lense correct farsightedness by refracting light more effectively, compensating for the eye's inability to focus on nearby objects.

glasses lenses

Plus (+) Powered Lenses:

This type of glasses has a positive refractive power, meaning it converges light rays. The higher the plus power, the stronger the glasses, and the more it can help focus light on the retina for farsighted individuals.

The specific lens power required depends on the degree of farsightedness and is determined by an eye care professional through a comprehensive eye exam and refraction test.

FAQs:

Q: Does farsightedness get worse with age?

A: Yes. Farsightedness may worsen with age, especially after 40 years old, due to presbyopia, where the lens of the eye becomes thicker and less flexible. As people age, presbyopia, a condition where the lens of the eye becomes thicker and less flexible, can cause difficulty seeing things close up.

See Also:

Wearing Colored Contacts: Is it OK or Not with Vision Conditions and Post-Surgery?

Can I Wear Regular Contacts with Astigmatism?

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