Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is a common visual condition caused by your eyes’ inability to focus clearly on nearby objects. People who are farsighted see images at a distance more easily than they do up close. If you have headaches after reading, find yourself squinting to see clearly, and your eyes feel strained or burning, you may be experiencing hyperopia.
Hyperopia and Your Eye
Hyperopia is a common eye disorder, not an eye disease. It’s a refractive error, which means that the eye does not bend (refract) light properly to a single focus point to see images clearly. With normal vision, an image is sharply focused onto the retina at the back of your eye. When you are farsighted, the point of focus falls beyond the retina, allowing you to see distant objects clearly, but objects that are near will appear blurred.
For very farsighted individuals, vision can be blurry for objects at any distance, near or far.