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Hyperopia: What is it?


Updated December 17, 2010

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Definition: Hyperopia is a vision problem that causes near objects to be blurry and far away objects to be sharp. It is also referred to as farsightedness.

Hyperopia can be caused by several defects in the anatomy of the eye, including a cornea that is too flat, and a short eye--an eye that is not long enough from front to back. In some cases, both the flattened cornea and the shortened eye are present.

Hyperopia is treated using contact lenses, glasses or eye surgery.

Also Known As: farsighted, farsightedness, longsightedness, hypermetropia,
The child was diagnosed with hyperopia and received a prescription for glasses.
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