Right in Front of Your Nose

Hyperopia is the medical term for farsightedness. It occurs when an eye is too short to power the light-bending ability of the cornea. Light rays entering the eye don’t come to focus sharply on the retina. Instead, they focus back behind the eye, producing a blurred image. Farsighted individuals, however, can use their focusing muscles to “pull” the image forward onto the retina, often resulting in the ability to see in the distance but not very well at near and intermediate ranges. 

Are You Farsighted?

Squinting at the menu in restaurants. Buying “readers” at the drugstore. Changing the font on your computer or buying more lamps. These are all good indications that you’re farsighted. People of any age can be farsighted, but in children, this tends to self-correct over time. Age-related presbyopia, which typically develops in middle age, is a form of farsightedness.

Symptoms of Farsightedness Include:

  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing on nearby objects
  • Fatigue or headache after performing a close task such as reading

If you experience any of these symptoms of farsightedness while wearing your glasses or contact lenses, you may need a new prescription.


In young people with high degrees of hyperopia or in individuals over the age of 45, the eye’s compensation ability may be inadequate to produce clear images at any range. Eyeglasses or contact lenses are the most common methods of correcting hyperopia. They work by refocusing light rays on the retina, compensating for the shape of the eye.

In other cases, people may choose to correct hyperopia with LASIK or similar refractive surgery, which corrects or improves vision by reshaping the cornea to adjust the eye's focusing ability. 

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