Do you have difficulty seeing objects at a close distance?

If so, you may have a vision problem called hyperopia. Hyperopia is more commonly called farsightedness. This condition is the opposite of myopia (nearsightedness), which impairs your ability to see objects clearly at a distance. People with hyperopia often need glasses for tasks such as reading, viewing the computer, or sewing.

Hyperopia occurs when the outer surface of your eye, called the cornea, has a curvature that is too flat. As a result, light does not focus properly, resulting in blurry vision for objects that are up close.  People who are farsighted may be able to see details clearly for objects at a distance, but they cannot read the words in a book or magazine in front of their eyes.

As with nearsightedness, hyperopia is often caused by genetics. In many cases, it is present at birth. But unlike nearsightedness, many children born with hyperopia outgrow the condition as their eye changes shape.

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