Hyperopia (Farsightedness): What Is It, Causes, and Treatment Options
Updated: Feb 8
Do you have trouble focusing clearly on things up close, like your phone or tablet? If so, you may have hyperopia, otherwise known as farsightedness.
In this article, I'll review what hyperopia is, causes of the condition, and popular treatment options.
What is hyperopia?
Hyperopia is a common visual condition that causes objects up close to appear blurry, or difficult to focus on, while objects in the distance often remain clear.
For example, if you have hyperopia, you can easily see your television in the distance but may be unable to clearly focus on your phone up close.
If you’re young, you may be farsighted and not notice any problems with your vision. However, if you have significant hyperopia, your vision can be blurry at all distances.
What causes hyperopia?
The exact cause of hyperopia is unknown.
From an anatomy perspective, hyperopia is caused when your cornea is too flat or your eye is shorter than normal. As a result, light is focused behind your retina instead of on it.
Hyperopia treatment options
Glasses and contact lenses are the most common way farsightedness is corrected. They're both easily accessible, minimally invasive, and widely available to accommodate a number of prescription and lifestyle options.
If you're looking for a more permanent solution, you should consider LASIK or PRK. Both of these refractive surgeries alter the shape of your eye to permanently treat farsightedness.
Curious if you have hyperopia? Schedule an eye exam with one of our doctors of optometry today!