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How to Cure Farsightedness: Glasses, LASIK or Eye Exercises for Hyperopia?

Farsightedness (or hyperopia) affects almost 1 in 4 Americans. Without treatment, your farsightedness can induce headaches, eye strain and fatigue when you perform near point tasks such as reading, writing and computer work.

If you are affected by hyperopia – fear not. It may be possible to cure farsightedness with eye exercises. This article will explain how you may be able to improve your vision naturally and gain better vision for life.

What Causes Hyperopia?

Hyperopia is the inability to focus on objects at a close range. It is caused by the eyeball being too short, focusing light rays at a point behind the eyeball.

The extraocular muscles may be unable to relax, squeezing the eyeball, or the ciliary muscle may not be able to contract enough upon the lens to focus at a close range. Farsightedness is different from aging vision (presbyopia) which can make pre-existing hyperopia become more evident.

There are three treatment options available to correct farsightedness:

  1. Glasses / contact lenses
  2. Laser eye surgery
  3. Eye exercises

I’ll briefly compare each option and their major benefits and drawbacks:

1. Correcting Farsightedness with Glasses or Contacts

Prescription glasses work by refracting the light differently into your eye and creating a sharp image on the retina, enabling you to see clearly. But glasses merely correct farsightedness on a superficial level. It’s like slapping on a band-aid to hide the wound underneath.

Actually, it’s worse than that, because a band-aid actually has a purpose in protecting the wound while it heals. In contrast, wearing glasses serves no purpose in improving your vision on a fundamental level. Indeed, corrective lenses have been scientifically documented to make eyesight worse:

In my opinion, wearing glasses is not a true solution for treating farsightedness. It merely masks the problem and risks further deterioration.

In later life, a third of people who wear lenses end up with one or more serious eye diseases by the time they are 70 years old, simply because their natural vision is so poor. Glasses don’t prevent this – so what does?

2. How to Cure Hyperopia with Laser Eye Surgery

Many people want a quick fix to their vision problems, and I can totally understand that. If I wasn’t so squeamish I may even have turned to LASIK myself once. But having researched laser eye surgery properly for this website I can now say: NO WAY! Not even if it was free and everyone was doing it. There are just too many potential side effects that could ruin your vision for life…

How Does Laser Eye Surgery Work?

Putting all the risk factors aside, this is what happens in a typical LASIK treatment and what you can expect if everything goes well.

Laser eye surgery can be used to correct farsightedness on an out-patient basis. It involves the use of a suction ring to hold your eyeball still, a surgical knife to cut open a flap in your outer cornea, and a computer-controlled laser to precisely reshape your inner corneal lens. The actual procedure is not painful but it can be disturbing and is certainly not for the squeamish.


At a cost of around $3,000 and following a stringent after-care routine, you can expect to start seeing an improvement in your vision after 24 hours, with further improvement over the following days and weeks. However, even in a successful LASIK operation, there is still nothing preventing further vision loss.


3. How to Cure Farsightedness with Eye Exercises

Eye exercises work by stimulating integral components of the eye in a manner that is not achieved through normal daily use. Within days or weeks, you can notice first-hand improvements in your natural vision.

In my story, I explain how I improved my long distance vision using an eye exercise program called Rebuild Your Vision. I also completely cured my astigmatism. The same eye exercise program can be used to treat farsightedness.

According to Rebuild Your Vision, most vision disorders are caused by refractive errors, caused by bad vision habits and chronic eye strain. Eye exercises teach you to undo these habits and get your eyesight back into shape, so that you can see clearly without glasses. Learn more here.

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