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Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is the opposite defect of myopia, and is caused when the curvature of the cornea is too flat, or the eyeball is too short. This forces light to focus behind the retina. With farsightedness, patients can experience (among other things) blurred vision, binocular disfunction, accommodative dysfunction, amblyopia, and strabismus. With this disorder, objects at a distance are able to be seen more clearly than those nearby which may appear blurred. The eyes may have to strain to bring items into focus. Since hyperopia typically appears as we age, many younger patients have much less difficulty with hyperopia.

Hyperopia can be corrected by steepening the central cornea with LASIK, CK, PRK or LASEK.