Hyperopia is a refractive error in which light is focused behind, instead of on, the retina. Clear vision can be obtained by accommodation, but in the long run, this results in eye strain. Hyperopia can be classified as low [≤2.00 diopters (D)], moderate (2.00-4.00 D) and high (>4.00 D). Detailed preoperative evaluation is necessary and essential to obtain good postoperative results. Various surgical techniques can be proposed to correct this ametropia. The main techniques used act either by modifying the corneal curvature with the Excimer laser or by implanting a phakic intraocular lens. The anatomical peculiarities of the hyperopic eye (small corneal diameter, short axial length, narrow anterior chamber or large kappa angle) make refractive surgery for hyperopia a considerable challenge. Large optical ablation zones now allow correction of high hyperopia by reducing the risks of optical aberrations and regression. The patient must be informed and understand the postoperative course, which differs from that of surgery for myopia.
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