Farsightedness (Hyperopia)

With hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, the eye sees distant objects more clearly than near objects, but may not see any object perfectly.

Digital picture of a normal eyeball without Presbyopia

Normal Vision: Light rays pass through the cornea to merge and focus perfectly on the back surface of the eye, called the retina, producing clear vision.

Digital illustration of an eyeball with farsightedness

Farsightedness (Hyperopia): Because the eye is shorter than normal, light rays reach the retina before merging and focusing. The farsighted eye sees distant objects more clearly, but may not see any object perfectly.

Symptoms of Farsightedness (Hyperopia)

In addition to vision limitations, people with hyperopia may experience:

  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue when working at close range

Treatment of Farsightedness (Hyperopia)

Several options can help restore your vision. We’ll help you decide which treatment is right for your eyes. These may include:

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Visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s webpage on Farsightedness (Hyperopia).