Farsightedness, or hyperopia, as it is medically termed, is a vision condition in which distant
objects are usually seen clearly, but close ones do not come into proper focus. Farsightedness
occurs if your eyeball is too short or the cornea has too little curvature, so light entering your eye
is not focused correctly.
Common signs of farsightedness include difficulty in concentrating and maintaining a clear focus
on near objects, eye strain, fatigue and/or headaches after close work, aching or burning eyes,
irritability or nervousness after sustained concentration.
Common vision screenings, often done in schools, are generally ineffective in detecting
farsightedness. A comprehensive optometric examination will include testing for farsightedness.
In mild cases of farsightedness, your eyes may be able to compensate without corrective lenses.
In other cases, your optometrist can prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses to optically correct
farsightedness by altering the way the light enters your eyes.