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Grande Prairie, AB
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When people think of hyperopia (farsightedness), they seem to think that that person has super eyes that can zoom in on distant objects, but that’s not the case.  Those with farsightedness, or hyperopia in medical circles, simply see distant objects clearer while near objects appear blurry. It’s an imperfection of the eye that prevents light from focusing on the retina, otherwise known as a refractive error.

Hyperopia Causes

Hyperopia can be caused by a number of different factors. In some cases, the shape of the eye is too short and so the visual image doesn’t have the space to properly reflect onto the retina. The cornea, or the lens, can also be the culprit, as their main responsibility is to focus that light onto your retina. In those cases, the cause could be an abnormal shape (not curved enough).
The American Optometric Association believes that all people have some degree of hyperopia. It’s present from birth and the severity of the condition will dictate whether corrective action is needed. In many cases, refractive errors will improve as the child’s eye grows and becomes longer. Studies have also shown that there are hereditary factors involved. The child of two parents with hyperopia is likely to need some form of correction for hyperopia in their lifetime.

Identifying & Diagnosing Hyperopia

You’ll have to visit our Optometrist to conduct a comprehensive eye and vision examination to determine if you do have hyperopia. The average screening test, like the one done when you got your driver’s license, only tests for visual acuity – the test that determines if you have 20/20 vision (or otherwise). They don’t assess for refractive errors like hyperopia or its cousin, myopia (otherwise known as nearsightedness).
The average adult should schedule a comprehensive exam once every two years. Our Optometrist will assess a number of different factors that could contribute to the health of your eyes. They include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Patient and family health history;
  • Visual acuity (the aforementioned test for 20/20 vision);
  • Refraction testing (“better, worse or the same?”)

Hyperopia Treatments

Treatment for hyperopia varies depending on severity and the lengths to which the patient is willing to go to remedy it. Eyeglasses and contact lenses are the simplest and most common remedy. Others may opt for refractive surgery, either in the form of LASIK (laser) or CK (non-laser).
If you find yourself having trouble with close tasks like reading, which leads to headaches and eyestrain, you should consider scheduling an examination.

What You'll Find at Aurora Eye Care

Sunglasses are about more than just style: they’re about protecting your eyes. A quality pair of sunglasses will be labeled as 100% UV blocking with the UV blocking built right into the lens. Unsure if yours block harmful UV light? Bring them in and we’ll test them for you!

Are Your Sunglasses UV Safe? +

For every pair of glasses purchased we donate towards VisionSpring, which supports the purchase of a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. We love helping people both at home and abroad look, feel, and see better!

Buy a Pair, Support a Pair +

Using the Zeis iProfilier Plus, we are able to generate more accurate prescriptions for your corrective lenses. The iProfilier takes a topographical map of the front of your eye and allows us to compensate for some of the eye irregularities each of us have. The result is a more customized and accurate prescription.

More Accurate Corrective Lens Prescriptions +

Sunglasses are about more than just style: they’re about protecting your eyes. A quality pair of sunglasses will be labeled as 100% UV blocking with the UV blocking built right into the lens. Unsure if yours block harmful UV light? Bring them in and we’ll test them for you!

For every pair of glasses purchased we donate towards VisionSpring, which supports the purchase of a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. We love helping people both at home and abroad look, feel, and see better!

Using the Zeis iProfilier Plus, we are able to generate more accurate prescriptions for your corrective lenses. The iProfilier takes a topographical map of the front of your eye and allows us to compensate for some of the eye irregularities each of us have. The result is a more customized and accurate prescription.

Where Aurora Eye Care is Located

Location Information

We are located on the east side of town in the Cobblestone Plaza, beside the TD Canada Trust and Shoppers Drug Mart on 100 Ave and 92 St. There is ample parking available on-site.

Address

9920 92 St
Grande Prairie AB, T8V 5N8

Contact Information

  • Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Pamela Giles
  • Dr. Kyla Hunter
  • Dr. Kent Manville
  • Dr. Charlotte Forgie
  • Dr. Natasha Chrenek
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