Far–Sightedness Hyperopia, or far–sightedness, is the ability to clearly see objects at a distance but not those up close.

Causes and Symptoms Like near–sightedness, far–sightedness is usually an inherited condition. Young children tend to be hyperopic to some degree although the severity lessens as they age and as the eye grows and becomes longer.

Children with far–sightedness can often see both distant and close objects because the youthful strength of their lenses can often overcome the shortness of the eye. Non–visual signs such as headaches or a lack of interest in reading may be signs of a high degree of hyperopia.

Treatment Treatment is not necessary for children with a small amount of hyperopia where no symptoms are evident. Those with more severe cases or crossed eyes are best treated with eyeglasses or contact lenses.