Farsightedness

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Farsightedness is a vision condition in which distant objects are usually seen clearly, but close ones do not come into proper focus. Dr. Edward Hill discusses farsightedness in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is a common vision condition in which you can see distant objects clearly, but objects nearby may be blurry.

Farsightedness may mean:

You need to squint to see clearly

You have eyestrain, including burning eyes, and aching in or around the eyes, or

You experience general eye discomfort or a headache after a prolonged interval of doing close tasks, such as reading, writing, computer work or drawing

The degree of your farsightedness determines your focusing ability. People with severe farsightedness may see clearly only objects a great distance away, while those with mild farsightedness may be able to clearly see objects that are closer.

If your degree of farsightedness is pronounced enough that you cant perform a task as well as you wish, or if your quality of vision detracts from your enjoyment of activities, see an eye doctor.

Farsightedness usually is present at birth and tends to run in families. You can easily correct this condition with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Another treatment option is surgery.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.