Farsightedness

Alternative Names

Hyperopia

Definition of Farsightedness

Farsightedness is greater difficulty seeing near objects than distant objects.

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.

Signs and tests

A general eye examination to diagnosis farsightedness may include the following tests:

Treatment

Farsightedness is easily corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Surgical techniques are available for correcting farsightedness and can be used for those who do not wish to wear glasses or contacts.

Expectations (prognosis)

The outcome is expected to be good.

Review

Daniel E. Bustos, MD, MS, Private Practice specializing in Comprehensive Ophthalmology in Eugene, OR. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 8/31/2010

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