Farsightedness (Hyperopia): Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

Farsightedness is a common vision problem characterized by an individual having normal vision for distant objects but having difficulty focusing on nearby objects. Farsightedness is medically known as hyperopia.

Signs and symptoms associated with farsightedness include blurred vision when attempting to focus on near objects, eye strain, squinting, headache, and distorted vision. A farsighted individual typically requires reading glasses for reading or computer work. Eye strain with uncorrected vision problems such as farsightedness can lead to additional symptoms such as burning eyes and aching of the eye area.

Cause of farsightedness

An error of refraction in the human eye that causes light rays to focus behind the retina instead of on it causes farsightedness. This is the opposite of nearsightedness, in which a person is able to clearly see objects up close but has trouble seeing at a distance.

Other farsightedness (hyperopia) symptoms and signs


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