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Hyperopia Equals Farsightedness

Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is difficulty seeing close up objects clearly. You can see items in the distance with no problem, but nearby objects look blurry. Threading a needle or reading a book are difficult for anyone with hyperopia.


Hyperopia, along with myopia and astigmatism, are refractive errors of the eye. The condition occurs either as a result of the eyeball being too short or having a cornea that is flat, or has too little curvature. Light entering the eye gets focused in back of the retina causing close-up objects to look out of focus.


Symptoms and Causes of Hyperopia


Anyone with hyperopia may experience some or all the following symptoms:


  • Close-up objects appear out of focus
  • Headaches
  • Burning eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Eye fatigue


Farsightedness is usually hereditary although certain diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy or tumors of the eye, may cause hyperopia. The National Eye Institute mentions hyperopia affects 5% to 10% of people in the United States.


Hyperopia Treatment Options


Corrective glasses or contact lenses will help bring nearby objects back into focus. LASIK surgery or lens implants are possible options if you don’t want to wear eyeglasses or contacts. Consult with an eyecare professional, such as an optometrist or ophthalmologist and ask about your treatment options.


  • Eyeglasses
  • Contact lenses
  • LASIK surgery
  • Intraocular lens implant


Eye Examinations Detect Common Vision Problems


One possible complication in children with hyperopia is they may develop crossed eyes. Schedule an appointment for a VISION CHECK with an eye doctor at My Eyelab.


A licensed optometrist will do a variety of tests, including using a phoropter, to check the overall health of the patient’s eyes. Once you know your prescription, one of our frame specialists will help you order your eyeglasses or contact lenses.


Hyperopia Resources


  1. American Optometric Association – Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
  2. Problems with Closeup Vision Focus


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