People with farsightedness, or hyperopia, usually have difficulty seeing close objects. In severe cases, they can have trouble seeing objects both far and near.
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
Farsightedness is more likely to occur in people who have family members with the same condition.
Symptoms may include:
- Difficulty focusing on objects up close
- Blurred vision
Young adults with farsightedness often do not have symptoms. However, they may need reading glasses at an earlier age than their peers.
A 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.
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Options include:
Farsightedness can be treated using corrective lenses, such as eyeglasses or contact lenses. You will be seen at regular intervals to assess your vision and determine if your corrective lenses prescription needs to change.
If you elect to undergo the procedure, certain forms of farsightedness may be treated with refractive surgery. The surgeries used to treat farsightedness focus on changing the shape of the cornea to increase the eye's ability to focus. Many of these procedures are done using lasers.
There are no current guidelines to prevent farsightedness.
American Academy of Ophthalmology
National Eye Institute
Canadian Ophthalmological Society
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Hyperopia (farsightedness). American Optometric Association website. Available at: http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/eye-and-vision-problems/glossary-of-eye-and-vision-conditions/hyperopia. Accessed May 26, 2015.
Hyperopia (farsightedness). University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center website.
Available at: http://www.kellogg.umich.edu/patientcare/conditions/hyperopia.html. Accessed May 26, 2015.
Last reviewed May 2015 by Eric Berman, MD
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