Hyperopia is the medical term for the common eye condition known as farsightedness. Those who deal with hyperopia have difficulty seeing things that are near to them but have better vision for objects that are far away.
The actual farsightedness associated with hyperopia stems from a refractive error in the eye. In a healthy eye, the lens and cornea bend light evenly, providing clear vision. This is known as refraction. When suffering from hyperopia, however, the lens or cornea is out of place or insufficiently curved, leading to reduced vision quality.
For most people, the cause of hyperopia is genetic - the condition is usually inherited. Scientifically, it is not currently known why some families suffer from farsightedness and others do not.
People who are farsighted typically have symptoms such as:
Farsightedness is one of the most common eye-health problems in the world. Because of that, many treatment options are available:
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