What does it mean to be Farsighted?

Hyperopia, or “hypermetropia”, is the medical term for what many call farsightedness. A person with hyperopia, or farsightedness, has the ability to view objects in the distance, but has difficulty seeing objects up-close.

How common is farsightedness?

Farsightedness is a common vision condition that affects about a quarter of the population. Many children are born farsighted and can “outgrow” the condition as their eyeball lengthens with normal growth1. Individuals with parents that are farsighted may also be more likely to develop the condition2.


Hyperopia is caused by the shape of the eye – the eyeball is slightly too short, which prevents incoming light from focusing directly on the retina. Farsightedness occurs when the eyes try to focus images behind the retina instead of on the retina, which can result in blurred vision3. Farsightedness is sometimes confused with Presbyopia, a vision condition which also causes near vision to be blurred, but Presbyopia is a different vision condition that affects individuals ages 40 or over.


Farsighted Example
If you find yourself squinting or feeling eye fatigue when viewing objects at a close range, you may be farsighted. Other symptoms may include headaches or eye strain. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, consult an eyecare professional for a comprehensive eye exam.


Farsighted vision can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses to change the way light rays bend into the eyes4. If you are farsighted, your prescription will have a plus lens power (e.g. +2.50D). Depending on your prescription, you may need to wear eyeglasses or contacts either all the time or only when focusing on up close tasks, such as reading or working on a computer.


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