Farsightedness / Hyperopia

Farsightedness / Hyperopia

Hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, is a common type of refractive error where distant objects may be seen more clearly than objects that are near. Some patients with hyperopia may not notice any problems with their vision, especially when they are young. For patients with severe hyperopia, vision can be blurry for objects at any distance, near or far. This is often one of the most common causes to crossed-eyes, or strabismus, in children.

Hyperopia develops in eyes that focus images behind the retina instead of on the retina, which can result in blurred vision. Common signs and symptoms of hyperopia include:

  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Squinting
  • Blurry vision, especially for close objects
  • Crossed eyes

An eye care professional can diagnose hyperopia and other refractive errors during a comprehensive dilated eye examination. Hyperopia can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery.

If you are experiencing visual discomfort or blurred vision, or have a child with vision problems, contact Haller Eye Center today.