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What is hyperopia (farsightedness)?

Laura C. Fine, MD
Ophthalmology
People with hyperopia (farsightedness) see objects better at a distance than up close. In this case, the eyeball is usually too short, and light rays reach the retina before they are focused. Hyperopia can also be caused by weaknesses in the refractive power of the lens and cornea (the curved, transparent dome of tissue at the front of the eye). While farsightedness may go unnoticed for years, the eye's corrective ability diminishes with age, and a person will probably need glasses by midlife.

If you're able to see far away objects better than the things that are closer to you, you may be farsighted, a condition called hyperopia. This problem happens when light focuses beyond your retina instead of on it, making close objects look blurry. Glasses, contacts, or laser surgery may help you focus better. But this is not to be confused with presbyopia.

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