What is hyperopia?


Hyperopia is a common eye condition in which the patient can see objects relatively clearly at a distance, but those closer are blurred.

Most of the time, babies at birth have hyperopia which most of the times tends to decrease as they get older. This condition also has inherited characteristics.

In cases of hyperopia, vision can usually be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery.




Symptoms of hyperopia may include:





The eye has two parts in order to focus the images:



In a normal-shaped eye, each of these focusing parts has a perfectly smooth curvature. When the cornea and lens have such curvature, the incoming light is properly refracted and focuses properly on the retina.

If the cornea or lens are not smoothly curved, the light rays are not properly refracted, resulting in what we call refractive error.

Hyperopia usually occurs when the eyeball is shorter than normal, or the cornea is less curved than it should be.

In this case, the light that enters the eye, instead of focusing directly on the retina, focuses behind the retina, making nearby objects appear more blurred. Adults with hyperopia may find objects in close proximity, and many times even in long distances, blurred.




Hyperopia is diagnosed with a standard ophthalmological examination, which includes the refractive examination and the general eye examination.

Refractive examination determines whether there are vision problems such as myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism or presbyopia.

Also, your ophthalmologist will probably administer some eye drops to increase the pupils of the eyes (mydriasis) and to make a complete and detailed examination. This dilation allows the ophthalmologist to have a wider field of vision inside your eyes.




The main goal of treating hyperopia is to improve vision by helping the retina to focus properly through the use of corrective lenses or refractive surgery.

In young people, treatment is not always necessary, because the crystalline lens in the eye is flexible enough to compensate the refractive error caused by hyperopia.

This is usually noticeable in children, who, while having some degree of hyperopia, do not give signs of refractive error in their daily activities. It is therefore important to perform a thorough examination at an early age in order to avoid the phenomenon of "amblyopia" or what is commonly known - the "lazy" eye.

Depending on the degree of hyperopia the use of glasses may be needed to improve vision. This becomes more and more necessity as we grow older and the crystalline lenses of the eyes lose their adaptability.


Ways to deal with hyperopia include:



Why Emmetropia Eye Clinic


We are the most experienced team in laser surgery in the Crete with a stable presence of over 20 years in cutting-edge technology and pioneering surgery as it is captured by dozens of publications of clinical research, surgical protocols and monitoring of their clinical results.

Emmetropia is the first private refractive surgery center in Greece to acquire ISO 9001 and all our actions are dictated by strict quality and verification protocols.

We have state-of-the-art technology infrastructure and we are constantly investing in this sector, being the best equipped Ophthalmological Center in Crete and one of the most complete in whole Greece. With continuous upgrading and enrichment of new technologies and machines, around 10,000 cases have been performed with recorded statistics and with a qualitative analysis of the results, available to all our patients.

In Emmetropia we are not just buying new laser technology, but we actively participate in the upgrade and refinement of this technology. Proof of this is that Emmetropia was chosen as one of the five centers around the world to perfect and implement on the world market the refractive platform Schwind Amaris, the flagship of lasers globally today.

Finally, Emmetropia attracts large number of foreign surgeons from around the world who come to immerse themselves by attending our clinical activities on a semester or annual basis and produce important research work and scientific papers.

At the Emmetropia Ophthalmology Center we ensure that all measurements, examinations and of course the treatments are performed with great precision.

Our medical staff will inform you and advise you in detail on the best possible solution.

Our center has a special section for glasses and contact lenses.

The Emmetropias state-of-the-art technology for refractive surgery with the Schwind AMARIS platform and our premium intraocular lenses selection guarantees the best possible result for your eyes.