Farsightedness (difficulty seeing objects clearly up close)

Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is a common eye problem. A farsighted person has difficulty focusing on nearby objects and may feel eyestrain, pain around the eyes, or a headache around the forehead. Headaches often occur because most people are able to compensate for farsightedness by subconsciously focusing harder.

Children with hyperopia often pass vision screenings given by schools and pediatricians because of their ability to focus harder. It’s why it’s important for all children to have a complete eye exam early in life.

Farsightedness is easily treated with glasses or contact lenses. Refractive surgery is an option for adults who wish to see clearly without glasses. If you’re farsighted, you may only need to wear glasses for reading or working on the computer. Depending on your age and the amount of farsightedness, you may have to wear them all of the time.