Submitted by Thiruvelan on Fri, 06/25/2010
Hyperopia Farsightedness

Hyperopia or farsightedness is the common vision condition in which distance objects see clearly, but objects nearer appear blurred.

Farsighted occurs if the eyeball is too short or the cornea has too-little curvature. When light rays enter a hyperopic eye, they are the focus behind the retina instead of on the retina causing blurred vision for nearer objects.

It is an estimate that farsightedness is very common among aged population, affecting up to 62% of people over the age of 40.

Farsightedness is the eye condition that is difficult to assess at school and pediatrician screenings because small to moderate amounts of hyperopia will not cause blur vision. The symptoms increase with age and the amount of Hyperopia. Often hyperopic never noted the symptoms, and they simply avoid tasks related with near vision.

Hyperopia is otherwise calling as hypermetropia or colloquially as farsightedness or long-sightedness.

Common vision screenings, often done in schools, are generally ineffective in detecting farsightedness. A comprehensive optometric examination will need to do assess farsightedness.

In mild cases of farsightedness, the eyes may be able to compensate without corrective lenses. In other cases, the optometrist can prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses to optically correct farsightedness by altering the way the light enters the eyes.