Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is a condition that occurs when the eye cannot focus clearly, making close-up objects look blurred.
Farsightedness happens when the shape of the eye is too short or when the cornea, the clear outer layer of the eye, is too flat. This causes light rays entering the eye to focus behind the retina, a layer of tissue in the back of the eye, instead of on it. This incorrectly focused light causes blurry vision.
Farsightedness is often inherited. Most people who have farsightedness are born with it, but symptoms may not appear until later in life.
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