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Farsightedness

  • Definition

    Farsightedness is greater difficulty seeing near objects than distant objects.


    Alternative Names

    Hyperopia


    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Farsightedness is the result of the visual image being focused behind the retina rather than directly on it. It may be caused by the eyeball being too small or the focusing power being too weak.

    Farsightedness is often present from birth, but children have a very flexible eye lens, which helps make up for the problem. Most children outgrow the condition. As aging occurs, glasses or contact lenses may be required to correct the vision. If you have family members who are farsighted, you are also more likely to become farsighted.