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ESH #67 | What is Farsightedness?


In this podcast we will cover “what is farsightedness (Hyperopia)?”. It is very important when maintaining and improving eyesight to understand your condition. By learning what farsightedness is your are one step closer to understanding how you can work with it. This is particularly important with farsightedness because there are two kinds.

Two Types of Farsightedness

  1. Farsightedness (Hyperopia)

  2. Age related farsightedness (Presbyopia)

What is Farsightedness # 1  Farsightedness (Hyperopia)?

The first type of Farsightedness occurs from a young age. This condition is when the eye ball is too short. When trying to focus on a close object, the image falls behind the retina, causing it to be blurry.

Farsighted (Hyperopic) people can focus on far objects by slightly contracting the ciliary muscles, but they cannot contract these muscles enough to focus on near objects. This constant state of accommodation is a highly stressful situation for the eye and can lead to other problems.


What is Farsightedness # 2 Age Related Farsightedness (Presbyopia)?

When understanding what age related farsightedness is, it is best to think of it as something we acquire as we age whereas the previous type is something we are born with. in this type of farsightedness the muscles that are responsible for rounding the lens allowing us to focus near become weak and the lens becomes stiff. Just like the first type of farsightedness this means the image cannot be focused on the part of the retina responsible for seeing detail even though the eyeball shape is normal.

For a lot more details on What is Age related Farsightedness (Presbyopia) check out this podcast where we cover it in more detail.


What is Farsightedness In Summary

Farsightedness means you can see clearly in the distance but not from near. The first main reason for this is the eyeball being too short, preventing the image from landing on the detailed part of the retina. The second reason is that the muscles in the eye are too weak and the lens is too stiff to focus the image on the detailed part of the retina.

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  • Mike

    Hy i’m 55 and my problem seem to be far and closer is it possible, does’t meen i have to exercises the 2 directions, what shape are my eyes, thanks.


    • envision

      Hi mike, we recommend you get your eyes checked by a professional. Our guess would be presbyopia but it’s best to get confirmation through someone in the know. Best wishes.

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