HyperopiaIn Hyperopia distance light focuses behind the retina. Hyperopia is more commonly known as farsightedness. As the name suggests, people with farsightedness are able to focus on objects that are further away, but have difficulty focusing on objects which are very close.

Often this is because the eyeball is shorter than normal, which prevents the crystalline lens in the eye from focusing correctly on the retina. About a fourth of the population is farsighted. A family history of a high degree of hyperopia is a risk factor for developing clinical significant hyperopia. Babies are usually born hyperopic but they can usually outgrow the condition as their eyes develop.

Hyperopia can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. There are also new surgical procedures that can correct hyperopia.