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Far-sightedness (Hyperopia)

What is farsightedness (Hyperopia)?

Hyperopia, or more commonly, farsightedness, is a vision condition that affects your ability to see objects close to you clearly. You can see objects that are far away, but close objects are blurry.

What causes farsightedness?

Farsightedness is commonly caused by less than ideally shaped eyes or cornea. Light entering the eye should focus on the retina. If the light entering your eyes focusses behind the retina, the image seen will be blurry. This is a result of your eyeball being too short or the cornea having too little curvature.

What are some of the symptoms?

Do you have difficulty concentrating and maintaining a clear focus on objects that are up close? Do you experience eyestrain/headaches or fatigue after long or short periods of close up work?

You may be affected by farsightedness.

 Common symptoms include:

  • Inability to focus clearly on objects that are close to you

  • Headaches or eyestrain after close work

  • Aching or burning eyes with accompanying fatigue after close work

  • Having difficulty sustaining concentration when working on the computer or reading up close


How can farsightedness be treated?

Farsightedness can be diagnosed by a thorough eye exam from a professional optometrist. Your eye doctor may prescribe corrective lenses to improve your vision by helping your eyes focus light on your retina. Common corrective lenses are glasses or contact lenses. Refractive surgery, such as LASIK, is also a treatment option that can be discussed with your doctor.