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General Info About Hyperopia

Hyperopia is also known as farsightedness, longsightedness or hypermetropia. It is a common vision problem. Affected people have greater difficulty seeing near objects than distant objects.

Long Sightedness

Hyperopia is a common visual problem where the affected person is unable to see near objects clearly. Almost one fourth of the population is affected by hyperopia. Hyperopia is typically caused due to genetic factors. It is often present from birth.

Hyperopia occurs if a personís eyeball is too short or when the cornea is too flat when compared to the normal eye. The light entering the eye focuses behind the retina, instead of directly on it, hence close objects look blurred.

A person with hyperopia typically experiences eye strain and fatigue while trying to focus on near objects.

Young people with mild to moderate hyperopia are often able to see clearly because their eyes can accommodate (adjust) to increase the eye's focusing ability. However, in later years, the eyes gradually lose their ability to adjust the focusing power and blurred vision becomes more apparent.

Glasses or contact lenses can be used to correct hyperopia. Surgical techniques are also available for correcting long-sightedness.

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