Hyperopia (hi-per-OH-pea-uh), or farsightedness, is a type of refractive error. Hyperopia is a vision condition in which near objects appear blurred – such as books, menus, or a smartphone- but distant objects remain clear. People with severe farsightedness may also experience crossed eyes, eyestrain, and a reduced quality of life.
An ophthalmologist (an eye doctor with a medical degree: MD or DO) or an optometrist (an eye doctor with an OD degree) will conduct an eye examination to find out if you have hyperopia.
A range of treatments are available. Your ophthalmologist or optometrist will work with you to identify the right treatment. This may include eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other treatments to help you see clearly.
In hyperopia, nearer objects focus behind the retina (top image), instead of on the retina (lower image). This causes blurred vision for nearer objects.