Hyperopia

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Farsightedness, or hyperopia, as it is medically termed, is a vision condition in which distant objects are usually seen clearly, but close ones do not come into proper focus. Farsightedness occurs if your eyeball is too short or the cornea has too little curvature, so light entering your eye is not focused correctly.


Common signs of farsightedness include difficulty in concentrating and maintaining a clear focus on near objects, eye strain, fatigue and/or headaches after close work, aching or burning eyes after sustained concentration. Farsighted people usually have trouble seeing up close, but may also have difficulty seeing far away as well.


In mild cases of farsightedness, your eyes may be able to compensate without corrective lenses. In other cases, your optometrist can prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses to optically correct farsightedness by altering the way the light enters your eyes. However, as the eye gradually loses its ability to accommodate or ability to focus beginning at about 40 years of age, blurred vision from hyperopia often becomes more apparent.