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Farsightedness

Are You Farsighted? What You Need to Know

Farsightedness is a condition that makes objects appear blurry when they're close to you. Eyes Over Copley frequently treats farsighted patients in the great Boston area. We hope that we can help you, too.

man dealing with farsightedness

What Is Farsightedness?

A person who is farsighted can see objects clearly when they are far away but has a hard time focusing on objects that are nearby. This condition is caused by eyeballs that are shorter than usual from front to back. Because the eyeballs are too short, light focuses behind the retina, instead of on it. This makes objects appear blurry when they are close. 

What Are the Symptoms of Farsightedness?

Farsightedness doesn't always cause obvious symptoms, especially in young children. In fact, some farsighted people don't realize there is a problem with their vision at all. The most common and obvious symptom of farsightedness is, of course, blurred vision for objects up close combined with clear vision for objects at a distance. In severe cases, though, farsighted people might perceive everything as blurry, even from far away. Other symptoms of farsightedness include:

  • Eye pain or a burning sensation in the eyes
  • Eye strain 
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue or concentration issues
  • Feeling irritable or on edge

How Does an Optometrist Diagnose Farsightedness?

If you suspect you or your child might be farsighted, the next step is to visit a doctor of optometry for an eye exam. During the exam, your eye doctor will dilate your pupils with eye drops to look at the back of your eyes. The eye doctor will perform a refraction assessment to find out whether and to what degree you are farsighted. This refraction assessment also indicates how strong your glasses or contact lenses must be to correct your farsightedness.

Treatment Options for Farsightedness

In children, farsightedness sometimes goes away on its own as the child's eyes develop and grow. However, most of the time, farsightedness requires some kind of treatment. Fortunately, treatment is simple and effective. The most common options for treating farsightedness are:

  • Glasses or contact lenses. After examining your eyes, your optometrist will be able to prescribe you glasses or contacts that will help you see normally at close range.
  • LASIK surgery. If you don't want to wear glasses or contact lenses, LASIK surgery is another option for correcting your vision. Your eye doctor can tell you whether you are a good candidate for surgery.

Let Eyes Over Copley Help With All Your Eye Care Needs

If you live anywhere in the greater Boston area, our optometry clinic can help you with all your eye issues, including farsightedness. Call Eyes Over Copley today at 617-859-0630 to make your first appointment!