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Doctor insights on: Farsightedness In Children

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Is it common for children to be really farsighted, even if their parents have normal vision?

Is it common for children to be really farsighted, even if their parents have normal vision?

It's normal: Most children are born about 6 diopers farsighted, 'cause their eyes are small (90% of adult size). This is completely normal. Most three year olds are about 3 diopters farsighted. As kids grow, their eyes get longer, and they reach "normal" sight around age 7-10. Kids who are a lot more farsighted than this may developed a crossed eye which should be treated to prevent amblyopia. ...Read more

Dr. Mitchell Vogel
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Farsightedness (Definition)

also referred to as Hyperopia. A short axial length of the eye or a non-optimized lens allows light to focus behind the retina instead of on the retinal plane. This typically results in an inability to ...Read more


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Is it safe for children to have eye surgery to correct farsightedness?

Is it safe for children to have eye surgery to correct farsightedness?

Not advisable: As the child grows, farsightedness will diminish naturally. Lasik surgery for a child will not be stable and the end result is unpredictable. Best to wear eyeglasses and in some cases contact lenses. ...Read more

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What is farsightedness?

What is farsightedness?

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". ...Read more

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How common is farsightedness?

How common is farsightedness?

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. ...Read more

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How to help my farsightedness?

How to help my farsightedness?

Glasses or contacts: Glasses or contacts will improve your farsightedness in nearly all cases. Some people are also candidates for refractive surgery. ...Read more

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Could you fake farsightedness?

Could you fake farsightedness?

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? ...Read more

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Could you outgrow farsightedness?

Could you outgrow farsightedness?

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. ...Read more

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I've got farsightedness. Now what?

Optical help: This is a refractive state of the eye in which a magnifying type lens in a spectacle will give you clear focus. It is a little bit misnamed as the natural lens can correct it for a while but when the lens loses its ability to compensate, it will show up. Contact lenses can help also and many are eligible for lasik. Your ophthalmologist can sort this out for you. ...Read more

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What does it mean to be farsighted?

What does it mean to be farsighted?

Depends :-): It could be a complement due to your ability to anticipate the future. Far more likely, you can it means you see things at a distance better than you can see things at close range. Ieither 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. ...Read more

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What is hyperopia or farsightedness?

What is hyperopia or farsightedness?

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. ...Read more

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What causes farsightedness to occur?

What causes farsightedness to occur?

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. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is farsightedness?

Can't see near: Farsighted eyes are focused far off into the distance. They tend to be small eyes that cannot bring near images into focus on the film layer of the eye (retina). The images would essentially form behind the eye, and one would have to walk backwards to bring the retina to the image. Glasses correct farsightedness by providing extra focus to "bring" the image forward onto the retina. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of farsightedness?

Some or none: Depends on age, how much hyperopia, if accommodation can overcome it or presbyopia onset has occurred. Can get eye fatigue, also may have narrow angle if the axial length is short. ...Read more

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How do I know if I am near or farsighted?

How do I know if I am near or farsighted?

Eyesight: Near sighted means need glasses for distance and not to read at near. Far sighted means may need glasses for both both distance and near. But also depends on your age and eye examination. See your eye doctor to find out more. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of farsightedness?

Blurred more at near: Farsightedness means that you see better in the distance than at close without glasses. ...Read more

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How is farsightedness corrected by lenses?

Convex lens: The farsighted (hyperopic) eye is too short. The rays of light entering the eye are not bent sharply enough to converge and form an image on the retina; rather, the image is formed behind the retina. A convex lens (shaped like a magnifying glass) adds some light-bending so the rays are bent more sharply, and the image is formed on the retina. A picture of this is much clearer. ...Read more