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About Farsightedness

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Farsightedness - hyperopia - is a common condition that affects vision. If you are farsighted, you are able to see objects that are far away clearer than objects that are close. This refractive error is caused by an eyeball that is too short or the cornea is too flat. These factors result in the eye under-focusing incoming light, leading to a blurred image in the retina.

The symptoms of farsightedness include:

  • Nearby objects appear blurry or out of focus
  • Difficulty with reading
  • Squinting to see clearly
  • Eyestrain: A dull pain, or burning sensation in the eyes
  • Headaches

Farsightedness affects 5-10% of Americans. It is especially common in children (many of whom outgrow the condition) and adults over the age of 65. Over half of adults over the age of 65 have some degree of farsightedness, due to the natural aging of the eye’s lens. Farsightedness is usually inherited through genetics, meaning that if your parents are farsighted, you are more likely to be farsighted yourself.

Farsightedness is usually diagnosed through an eye exam performed by an eye care provider, such as an optometrist or ophthalmologist. If you notice that you or your child is experiencing vision problems, or are unable to perform daily tasks, talk to an eye care specialist. Even if your symptoms of farsightedness are mild, the condition can lead to complications such as crossed eyes, persistent headaches, and eyestrain if left untreated.

Treatment Options

Treatment for farsightedness will depend on your age and the severity of your condition. Below are common options to reduce and manage the symptoms of farsightedness. Younger children may require no treatment at all, as they may grow out of farsightedness.

During your appointment, talk to your eye care provider about treatment options, and the best plan for you.

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