A common vision condition, hyperopia—also known as farsightedness—occurs when you can see and focus on objects that are distant, but have difficulty focusing on objects nearby, which can appear blurry.
Hyperopia is caused by what’s known as a “refractive error,” a type of vision problem that also causes nearsightedness and astigmatism. Specifically, hyperopia occurs when either the lens of your eye, your cornea, or both, don’t quite match up with each other. This slight imbalance makes it difficult for the eye to perform certain focusing abilities, which results in hyperopia.
Nearby objects appear blurry.
You find yourself squinting in order to see clearly.
Headaches or eye discomfort are frequent after doing tasks that involve close-up focus, such as reading, writing, computer work, or other such activities, for an extended period of time.
It’s recommended you see a doctor if the condition has progressed to the point where you can’t perform certain essential close-up tasks without an insufferable amount of discomfort.
In order to properly stay on top of any sign of hyperopia, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends getting a dilated eye exam every two or so years starting at age 40.
Prescription lenses, such as glasses or contact lenses, can help relieve farsightedness that has become too much of a burden or hassle. There are also refractive surgeries, such as LASIK, LASEK, or PRK, which have all been used to correct farsightedness and a number of other refractive error conditions.
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