Farsightedness, also called hyperopia, means that the eye cannot focus on nearby objects. This is because the eye is too short or the cornea is too flat. In some cases of hyperopia, the eye cannot focus on distant objects either. A person has hyperopia when light entering the eye is focused (called the focal point) behind the retina instead of directly on the retina.
Last Revised: May 11, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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