Farsightedness is also known as hyperopia. This is a commonly occurring refractive error in the eye that happens when objects that are near to the eye are blurry while those in the distance are seen clearly. Some patients, particularly children, might not even notice that close-up objects are blurry. If someone is diagnosed with severe hyperopia, any object — near or far from the eye — can be blurry and difficult to see. Hyperopia is often the reason behind strabismus, or crossed-eyes, in children.

When an eye focuses images behind the retina instead of in front of it, hyperopia occurs. When images are focused behind the retina, objects appear blurred. Commonly reported signs and symptoms of hyperopia include:

  • Headaches
  • Squinting
  • Eyes feel strained
  • Close objects are blurry
  • Eyes are crossed

Hyperopia is diagnosed by an eye care professional, who can also diagnose other refractive issues in the eye. A comprehensive eye exam, including dilation, will diagnose refractive problems. To treat hyperopia, patients may be prescribed eyeglasses, contact lenses, or offered surgery.

If you suffer from visual discomfort or blurred vision, or if your child complains of vision issues, contact Riverdale Ophthalmology today.