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what is farsightedness?

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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
Unclear close vision: Farsightedness refers to blurring of near vision, with distant vision relatively preserved. It is a common type of age-related vision change, sometimes known as "presbyopia".
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Farsighted: A person who is farsighted can see well far away but needs glasses or contacts to see well close-up.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is hyperopia or farsightedness?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Hyperopia: If the eye from front to back is too short, so that the lens and cornea cannot focus the light inside the eye (too weak), the correction for this is to supply a magnifying lens in the eyeglasses. The lens of a farsighted person behaves like a magnifying glass. Most hyperopia is in young people and they grow out of much of it. It also reappears in people past 40 as the natural lens loses focus.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is farsightedness?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Farsighted: Almost all infants are farsighted, and most grow out of it. In the middle years, myopia is much more common. Farsightedness becomes more common after age forty due to lens changes in the eye. The frequency varies with race and national origin.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How to help my farsightedness?

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Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Glasses or contacts: Glasses or contacts will improve your farsightedness in nearly all cases. Some people are also candidates for refractive surgery.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Could you fake farsightedness?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Yes but why?: It would take a reasonably good understanding of the impact of farsightedness on ones vision to fake it. Of course, why would you want to do this?
A 32-year-old member asked:

Could you outgrow farsightedness?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Yes: Almost all new borns are farsighted but fortunately the lens can compensate for this. Their eyes are too short front to back and that is the definition of farsightedness. As they grow, so does the eye and hopefully the eye length and optics match and as adults they will need nothing. If the eye grows too much, they may become myopic.

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