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Farsightedness, or Hyperopia, is a vision condition that causes people to have difficulty seeing objects that are close up. The farsighted eye is shorter than normal. Light focuses behind the retina instead of directly on it. These patients have problems doing things such as reading the newspaper or working on a computer, but have no problems with far away objects such as the school blackboard or street signs. Over ¼ of adults worldwide are affected by hyperopia.

What are the Symptoms?
Unlike nearsighted people who only have trouble seeing far away, farsighted people have blurry vision at all distances. However, many of them can focus hard to get by, but the straining and squinting can lead to headaches and fatigue when reading or doing any type of close-up work. Babies and children are usually slightly farsighted. But as their eyes grow and lengthen, the eye corrects itself by the age of eight or so. If you experience these symptoms while wearing your glasses or contact lenses, you may need an eye examination to verify your prescription.

What are the Causes?
Hyperopia occurs when the eye is shorter than normal. The shorter eye causes light rays to focus in back of the retina, rather than directly on it. Farsightedness is usually hereditary and appears in childhood. This condition is often discovered when children first start school. As your child develops, farsightedness can get better.

What are the Treatments?
Farsightedness can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses to change the way light rays bend into the eyes. If your glasses or contact lens prescription begins with plus numbers, you are farsighted.

Glasses & Regular Contact Lenses
Depending on your prescription, you may need to wear your glasses or contact lenses all the time, or only when reading, working on the computer or doing other close up work.

Hyperopic Orthokeratology is currently being researched but has yet to be FDA Approved.

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