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Farsightedness, or Hyperopia, occurs when the eye is either too short or has a cornea that is too flat. This causes light rays to focus on a point behind the retina rather than directly on it. As a result, you may notice difficulty focusing on objects at any distance, near or far, or you may experience feelings of eye strain. Hyperopia may be confused with presbyopia, a condition more often associated with aging of the natural lens first noticed around the age of 40.
Hyeropia has a hereditary component and is quite common to at least some degree in babies and small children. It often goes unnoticed by parents as a child’s ability to focus (accommodate) causes the natural lens to change shape and bend the light rays to place them directly onto the retina. If your child or you have hyperopia, you might experience symptoms such as headaches, eye strain, squinting, or blurry vision, especially for close objects.