Farsighted (Hyperopia)

The Farsighted Eye

Eyes that suffer from farsightedness, or Hyperopia, display distant objects as being in focus, while near objects appear blurry or out of focus. This distortion is due to the light entering the eye being focused behind the retina, instead of directly onto the retina. If you are farsighted, close objects may be so blurry that you can’t do tasks such as reading.

What Causes Farsightedness?

Farsightedness occurs when light entering the eye is focused behind the retina instead of directly on it. This is caused by an eye that is too short. Farsightedness is a condition that can develop at an early age, though not always noticeable in your youth due to the eye’s ability to adjust. Farsightedness will become more prevalent due to the natural aging of the eye, and its inability to adjust any longer. Farsightedness can be an inherited condition.

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of farsightedness can include:

  • Blurred vision, especially at night
  • Trouble seeing objects up close
  • Aching eyes, eyestrain, and headaches

Children with this problem may have no symptoms. But a child with more severe farsightedness may:

  • Have headaches
  • Rub his or her eyes often
  • Have trouble reading or show little interest in reading

How is Farsightedness Diagnosed?

Eye exams should be done for new babies and at all well-child visits.

How Can This Be Corrected?

Some farsighted people don’t need treatment. Glasses or contact lenses can help at any age if farsightedness is more than a mild problem. No medication can correct farsightedness. Advances in eye surgery over the years have led to new procedures for correcting farsightedness. To find out more correction options contact Family Eye Clinic at 303EYE.TEST (303.393.8378).