The Basics of Farsightedness

The Basics of Farsightedness

Apr 22

The Basics of Farsightedness

eye diseases

Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is a common eye problem. Farsighted people have difficulty seeing objects that are nearby. In severe cases of hyperopia, distance objects may appear blurry as well.

Signs and Symptoms

A farsighted person has difficulty focusing on nearby objects and may feel eyestrain, pain around the eyes, or a headache around the forehead. Headaches often occur because most people are able to compensate for farsightedness by subconsciously focusing harder. Unfortunately, because of this ability to compensate, many children with hyperopia often pass vision screenings given by schools and pediatricians. It is for this reason that it is important that all children have a complete eye exam fairly early in life.

Causes

Farsightedness occurs because of a defect of the eyeball. The eyeball of a farsighted person is shorter than normal, causing light...
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