Common vision problems: Farsightedness

Farsightedness Correction Farsighted Vision
Farsightedness Correction Corrected Vision


People with farsightedness (hyperopia) usually can see objects clearly at a distance, but find it hard or impossible to focus up close. In severe cases, it takes constant effort to focus on objects at all distances.

Farsightedness can interfere with reading, writing and many close-up fine motor tasks, and can lead to headaches, fatigue and eyestrain.

Hyperopia happens when the eye is too short from front to back, or the cornea’s curve is too shallow. As a result, light entering the eye would be focused behind the retina instead of on it, resulting in blurry vision. Hyperopia is sometimes seen in babies and children younger than about 8, but as their eyes grow, it can resolve itself.

Correcting hyperopia

Most farsightedness can be corrected with eyeglasses or ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses, including ACUVUE® VITA Brand Contact Lenses, ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses, ACUVUE® ADVANCE® PLUS Brand Contact Lenses, ACUVUE® ADVANCE® Brand Contact Lenses, 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® Brand Contact Lenses, 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Brand Contact Lenses and ACUVUE® 2® Brand Contact Lenses.

Known as plus or convex, these contact lenses are thicker at the center and thinner at the edges. They bend the light toward the center and move the focal point forward so that light is focused on, rather than behind, the retina.