Farsightedness

People with farsightedness, or hyperopia, usually have difficulty seeing close objects. In severe cases, they can have trouble seeing objects both far and near.

  • Causes

    Farsightedness is a type of refractive error, which means the shape of the eye does not bend light correctly, so images are blurred. In farsightedness, the eyeball is too short for light rays to clearly focus on the retina.

    Interior of the Eye
    eye anatomy 2
    Light rays are precisely focused on the retina (orange) in good vision.
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  • Definition

    People with farsightedness, or hyperopia, usually have difficulty seeing close objects.
    In severe cases, they can have trouble seeing objects both far and near.

  • Diagnosis

    A vision specialist will ask about your symptoms and medical history. You will be given an eye exam and checked to see if prescription lenses will help improve your vision.

  • Prevention

    There are no current guidelines to prevent farsightedness.

  • Risk Factors

    Farsightedness is more likely to occur in people who have family members with the same condition.

  • Symptoms

    Symptoms may include:

    • Difficulty focusing on objects up close
    • Blurred vision
    • Headache
    • Eyestrain

  • Treatment

    Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Options include: