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Hyperopia - Farsightedness

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The American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) offers simple explanations for hyperopia (farsightedness). Hyperopia (farsightedness) means the eyes are out of focus more for near than for distance. A very farsighted child may have blurred vision at distance and at near. A mildly farsighted child may actually see completely normal at distance and near, but will compensate for the farsightedness by focusing or "accommodating", which a child can do to a much larger degree than an adult. In addition, a moderately farsighted child may see well at distance and near but experience eyestrain or crossed eyes when focusing (accommodating) to compensate for the uncorrected need for glasses.

For more information, visit the AAPOS website at http://med-aapos.bu.edu.

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