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what are the causes of you to be farsighted?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Imperfect eyes: An error in refraction is imbalance between the amount of light-bending (refraction) an eye needs and what it has. A perfectly refracted eye bends the light the exact amount to focus on the retina. Most eyes are not perfect and need to lessen (in nearsightedness) or increase (in farsightedness) the amount of bending. This is done with glasses, contacts or surgery.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

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".
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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 38-year-old member asked:

What causes farsightedness to occur?

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Dr. Rick Kirschner
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General Practice 40 years experience
Eyeball, or Lens: Either your eyeball is too short and the focal point for light lands behind your retina, or the lens in your eye lacks focusing power. Under 40, may self correct. May be symptomless. It is treatable with corrective.
A 39-year-old member asked:

I'm just wondering what causes farsightedness?

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Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 30 years experience
Inheritance: Mostly. Most people are confused between farsightedness and the need for reading glasses, presbyopia. Presbyopia affects everyone eventually but generally can manifest at age 40 years.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes aquired farsightedness?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
More likely: You have latent hyperopia that has become manifest as you have gotten older. This means that your eyes have always been farsighted but you have been able to compensate by focusing your eyes. As the focusing has decreased with age, you can no longer compensate. Glasses is the answer.

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