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Farsightedness in Children

What is farsightedness?

Farsighted vision, hyperopia, is a disorder that impacts the eye’s ability to use refracted light to focus on objects that are close up.  An eye affected with farsightedness is either too short or the cornea is too flat, which means that light rays will focus behind the retina instead of directly on it.  With hyperopia, therefore, distant objects are clear while close ones are out of focus.  Farsightedness in kids can be difficult to diagnose because farsightedness impacts people differently.  For some, it may only become apparent when they are trying to read.  For others, all objects near and far might appear blurry. 

Hyperopia in children

Most children are naturally hyperopic because their eyes are not yet fully developed. As their eyes mature, the hyperopia usually goes away.  If this doesn’t occur, early detection and correction will improve their quality of life and overall eye health by eliminating the strain and headaches that go along with farsightedness. Untreated hyperopia often leads to poor reading skills impacting school performance and a child’s self-esteem.  Standard school vision screenings do not check for farsightedness, making comprehensive kids eye exams even more important.

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No kid should have to struggle in school because they can’t see the words on the page.  If your child is having trouble reading, make sure it’s not a vision related issue. Call today to schedule your child’s eye exam.

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