Farsightedness (Hyperopia)

Hyperopia is an eye condition in which one commonly is able to see clearly at a distance, but struggles to maintain clarity and proper focus when objects are brought close up. This condition occurs because either the eyeball as a whole is too small, or the curvature of the cornea (the clear front surface of the eye) is very flat. In either situation, light entering the eye is not accurately focused onto the retina, and this in turn, results in a blurry image.

School vision screenings often fail to detect hyperopia because the individual typically has good vision when tested on a distant target. In a younger individual, their eyes may be able to compensate for small amounts of hyperopia. As they grow older, they likely will lose their ability to compensate, and may need to be corrected with contact lenses or prescription glasses in order to provide clear and comfortable vision.

Individuals with undiagnosed hyperopia may experience:

  • Difficulty in concentration when reading or working on a computer
  • Difficulty in maintaining a clear focus on near objects
  • Eye strain or ache
  • Headaches after reading or working on the computer
  • Fatigue after working on something close up
  • Irritability or nervousness when concentrating on a near task

If you have been diagnosed with hyperopia and are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment, as your condition may have worsened. If you frequently encounter any of these symptoms and have not been diagnosed, contact our office to learn which treatment option is best for you.