[Femme Actuelle] Are you hyperopic?


This week we bring you a Femme Actuelle article written by Esther Buitekant and produced with the help of Dr Stéphanie Zwillinger. In it, you can find out more about the origins of this refractive disorder, which causes blurred near vision, as well as the solutions, treatment and symptoms of hyperopia.

Dr. Stéphanie Zwillinger reminds us in her intervention in Femme Actuelle magazine that hyperopia affects many Frenchs!

This ocular pathology is, like myopia and astigmatism, an ametropia. The image received by an eye affected with hyperopia will form behind the retina, instead of directly on it.

The reasons why the image is not quite rightly formed are:

  • the eye being too short;
  • the eye’s cornea being too flat;
  • the lens of the eye being too flat;

The eye will then try to compensate for this visual defect with the lens muscles, but this is still not possible. It is therefore essential to make an appointment with your ophthalmologist as soon as possible.

How can you tell if you are hypermetropic?

First of all, know that Dr. Stéphanie Zwillinger can diagnose patients of all ages. Medical care for patients with hyperopia are accessible to anyone: thus, it never is too late to get a screening.

  • with children: we correct;
  • with adolescents: we correct, based on functional signs

At the COP9 practice, the ophthalmological team will use a cycloplegia to perform an exam with the auto refractometer.Painless, this exam is based on the instillation of drops in the eye to measure its length, accommodative capacity, and potential hyperopia.

However, we only present to you here a brief summary of this ophthalmological exam. Thought with finesse to evaluate your level of hyperopia (weak, medium and strong) we invite you to continue your reading by clicking on the link below (in French).

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