Vision Information - Hyperopia (Far-Sightedness)
The medical term for far-sightedness is hyperopia, and it is a vision disorder in which distant objects usually are seen clearly but close ones are out of focus. Far-sightedness is a condition resulting from an eyeball that is too short or a cornea that has too little curvature. As a result, light entering the eye is not focused correctly.
Tell-tale symptoms of far-sightedness include difficulty in concentrating and keeping a focus on close objects, eye strain, aching or burning eyes, fatigue and/or headaches after close work and irritability or nervousness after prolonged concentration.
The vision screenings that are commonly done in schools are ineffective as a rule in detecting far-sightedness. A comprehensive eye examination by your optometrist is needed to verify the condition.
It is important to note that significant hyperopia, if uncorrected, can produce visual discomfort, blurred vision, amblyopia, binocular dysfunction and may contribute to learning problems. Your optometrist will initiate treatment to remedy symptoms and to reduce the future risk of vision problems resulting from hyperopia.
If you suffer from a mild case of far-sightedness, your eyes may be able to compensate without corrective lenses. In severe cases, your optometrist can prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses to restore good vision.
Please see your optometrist immediately if you suffer from any of the symptoms described above.