Fast Five Quiz: Hyperopia

Michael Taravella, MD


June 24, 2019

Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is a common refractive error that occurs in both children and adults. Although numerous figures have been reported, due to variations in its definition, the exact worldwide prevalence of hyperopia is unknown. In general, hyperopia is believed to affect millions of people in the United States and hundreds of millions of people worldwide. One meta-analysis of an international database search published in 2018 by Hashemi and colleagues found the estimated pooled prevalence of hyperopia to be 30% in adults and 4.6% in children.

The visual complications of hyperopia vary and are related to the cause and extent of physiologic change. Early detection and treatment of patients with hyperopia is essential to correct vision and resolve symptoms, and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in this patient population. Early detection also prevents the long-term hyperopic sequelae of strabismus and amblyopia in pediatric patients.

Can you describe the types, anatomic changes, symptoms, and treatment of hyperopia? Test your knowledge with this short quiz.


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