Farsightedness is difficulty seeing objects that are nearby.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Hyperopia or Farsightedness is the result of the visual image being focused behind the retina rather than directly on it. It may be caused by the eyeball being too small or the focusing power being too weak.
Farsightedness is often present from birth, but children have a very flexible eye lens, which helps make up for the problem. Most children outgrow the condition. As aging occurs, glasses or contact lenses may be required to correct the vision. If you have family members who are farsighted, you are also more likely to become farsighted.
- Blurred vision of close objects
- Eye strain
- Aching eyes
- Headache while reading
- Crossed eyes (strabismus) in children
Signs and tests
A general eye examination to evaluate hyperopia may include:
- Visual acuity
- Glaucoma testing
- Eye movements
- Retinal examination