Basically, it means you can see far away things, but have difficulty seeing objects up close.
The higher the magnitude of your farsightedness, the harder it is to focus up close.
Farsightedness is one of the types of refractive error of the eye, meaning the eye is unable to focus the light on the retina and it is not considered an eye disease. Some people may not notice they are farsighted, especially if they are very young. If you have the below symptoms, you should consider visiting our resident doctor at opt.
- Difficult with close tasks
- Squinting to see clearly
- Eyestrain, aching around the eyes, or a burning sensation
Most children are farsighted, but are able to see clearly by using their focusing system. However, occasionally some children will have such a large amount of farsightedness that they can not focus enough to see clearly. This is difficult for a parent to pick up because the child will be able to see very far objects very well and some may think that that means they do not need to see an optometrist.
It is important for children to get their eyes checked when they are young so that their vision can develop properly. Having difficulties reading may also put them at a disadvantage when they are trying to learn in school. A child's first eye exam is recommended at 6 months. Children are covered every year by Alberta Health until they are 18 years old. Adults should have a comprehensive eye exam every 2 years minimum.
Commonly, a high quality lens such as our HOYA Phoenix lens paired with eyeglass frames is the quickest, and easiest way to correct farsightedness. See our clinic today if you're experiencing this challenge!