Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

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Who Develops Hyperopia?

Hyperopia, or farsightedness, typically begins in childhood, but it is often missed as the highly flexible lens in younger eyes can accommodate and compensate for it.



The most common symptom of hyperopia is blurry vision when looking at near objects.

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Life with Hyperopia

Once properly corrected, hyperopia generally will not affect your lifestyle dramatically.

See how an eye that is shorter than normal can affect your vision.
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What Is Hyperopia (Farsightedness)?

Hyperopia is a common refractive error of the eye that makes it difficult to focus on close-up objects. People who are farsighted often see distant objects clearly, while objects nearby most often appear blurry.

Hyperopia is Natural

A shorter than normal shape of the eye typically causes hyperopia, so it is a naturally occurring problem and cannot be prevented. Farsightedness tends to run in families, but you don't need to have a hyperopic parent to develop it. Although it generally begins in childhood, many people won’t experience blurred vision at a young age. This is because the natural lens is very flexible at that age and the eye can make do for quite some time.

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Hyperopia Treatment

Hyperopia is treated with glasses or contact lenses. Once the eye stops changing, adults can correct hyperopia with LASIK or other refractive surgeries.

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