Hyperopia (or “farsightedness”) is the inability to see objects clearly up close. “Normal” vision, or seeing clearly without corrective lenses, requires light to focus directly on the retinal tissue in the back of your eye. Hyperopia occurs when the eye does not grow as long as it should, causing light to focus behind the retina instead of directly on it. It may also occur if the cornea is too flat or may develop as the lens inside of the eye ages. Hyperopia is most commonly treated with prescription glasses or contact lenses that focus the light correctly on the retina, as shown in the image below.
Hyperopia is often confused with presbyopia, which is the inability to see clearly up close due to a natural aging process inside of the eye. Although they both make it difficult to see near objects clearly, they are entirely different vision disorders.
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