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Farsightedness, or hyperopia, occurs when the cornea is too flat or the length of the eye is too short. This causes light to focus at a point beyond the retina, resulting in blurry close vision and occasionally blurry distance vision too. This is usually undetected until later in life because the young eye is able to compensate for the hyperopia. Most people are not diagnosed with farsightedness without a complete eye exam. School screenings typically do not detect this condition because they test only for distance vision.

The VisionFirst doctors will conduct a refractive evaluation to determine whether your eyes focus light rays properly. A visual acuity test will determine your ability to see sharply and clearly at all distances. The doctor will also check your eye coordination and muscle control.

Older man struggling to read a laptop up close

Farsightedness can be treated with three methods: