A to Z: Hyperopiaenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgHyperopia is farsightedness, a common condition in which someone can see things in the distance clearly, but things that are closer appear blurry.Hyperopia, farsightedness, hypermetropia, longsightedness, eyes, eyeball, cornea, lens, retina, refractive error, vision, vision problems, blurred vision, blurry vision, eyestrain, headache, crossed eyes, eyeglasses, contact lenses, eye exam01/09/201504/04/201909/02/2019a8e12aea-51e3-4012-a4b3-02fbfdfc21a6https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-hyperopia.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><strong>May also be called: Farsightedness; Hypermetropia; Longsightedness</strong></p> <p>Hyperopia (hy-per-OH-pee-uh) is farsightedness, a common condition in which someone can see things in the distance clearly, but things that are closer appear blurry.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Hyperopia is a type of refractive error. This means the problem is caused by the way the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eyes.html/">eye</a> bends, or refracts, light as it passes through the eye's cornea and lens. Normally, the cornea (the clear front of the eye) and lens (a small structure in the eye that can change shape) work together to take in images and focus them on the retina, the soft, light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the back of the eyeball wall. When someone has hyperopia, the lens focuses the image behind the retina instead of directly on it.</p> <p>Hyperopia can happen if the eyeball is too short or if the cornea has too little curve to it. Doctors believe these conditions may be related to a person's <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/about-genetics.html/">genes</a>.</p> <p>Hyperopia can cause squinting, eyestrain, headaches, and crossed eyes, and it can make driving or operating machinery more dangerous. Mild hyperopia is normal for infants and children, but it also can affect adults. In fact, most adults develop a form of farsightedness called presbyopia as they get older.</p> <p>Hyperopia usually can't be detected during common vision screenings. Most cases are&nbsp;diagnosed through a more comprehensive eye exam. Mild hyperopia might not need treatment because the eye can generally adapt and focus itself anyway. Glasses or contact lenses can correct hyperopia in kids and teens, if needed.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Hyperopia doesn't cause any pain, but it can have a negative effect on a child's quality of life if not corrected. If your child has trouble seeing things or seems to do a lot of squinting, talk to a doctor and schedule an eye exam. Most cases of hyperopia can be easily corrected with glasses or contact lenses.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: MyopiaMyopia is nearsightedness, a common condition in which someone can see things that are close clearly, but things that are farther away appear blurry.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-myopia.html/f6c37268-d562-4c5e-aa1a-a5e20dd03525
AmblyopiaAmblyopia interferes with the way the eye and the brain work together. The result is poor vision. Treatment may involve glasses, patches, eye drops, or surgery.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/amblyopia.html/486d90aa-3652-4c89-9e4d-110539ca3269
EyesAlthough your eyes are small, their structure is incredibly complex. Find out how they work in this body basics article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/eyes.html/603f05a6-aecf-46e3-be27-6080fd9345ac
Glasses and Contact LensesSometimes the different parts of the eye don't work together the way they should. When this happens, people wear glasses or contact lenses. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/glasses.html/13fcf85b-32ae-4ddd-a689-361a25c43203
Movie: EyesChloe and the Nurb take you on a tour of the eyes and how seeing happens. Watch this How the Body Works movie!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/eyes-movie.html/ad0936eb-f669-4a0e-b6e2-91a56642075b
StrabismusStrabismus causes eyes to wander or cross. Treatment may include glasses, patches, eye drops, or surgery.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/strabismus.html/cbbbdb38-b30e-4efd-99fe-65598c1acdbf
Taking Care of Your VisionEven if you're lucky enough to have perfect vision, taking care of and protecting your eyes is vital to keeping your peepers perfect. Learn all about how to take care of your baby blues (or browns or greens) in this article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/vision-care.html/25c29a93-b9b8-4350-81bf-455e1b19d57b
Vision Facts and MythsOld wives' tales abound about the eyes. From watching TV to eating carrots, here's the lowdown on some vision facts and fiction.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vision-facts-myths.html/f1b98298-9875-4a62-b924-8e6efdcdd285
Visual ImpairmentWhen one or more parts of the eye or brain that are needed to process images become diseased or damaged, severe or total loss of vision can occur. Read all about visual impairment.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/visual-impairment.html/24537535-ce73-4c5a-b289-632602997457
Your Child's VisionIt's important for kids to have their eyes examined regularly, as many vision problems and eye diseases can be detected and treated early.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vision.html/892d3a4f-f816-4903-a587-3514f79f4d68
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