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Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

Hyperopia is a common eye condition that can be detected at a routine eye exam. Having a hyperopic prescription means that you may have more difficulty focusing on near targets but maybe able to see objects in the distance more clearly. However, hyperopia affects people differently and some hyperopic patients may not notice any vision problems especially when they are young. Mild hyperopia is normal for infants and young children and because they have a strong accommodative or focusing system they generally do not need visual correction. The shape of a hyperopic eye is one that focuses an image incorrectly behind the retina. With the use of glasses or contacts, most farsighted patients are able to achieve clear vision. The degree of hyperopia a patient has will determine if the patient needs to wear full time or part time correction.


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