Farsightedness, also called hyperopia, means that the eye can't
focus on nearby objects. This is because the eye is too short or the cornea is
too flat. In some cases of hyperopia, the eye can't focus on distant objects
either. A person has hyperopia when light entering the eye is focused (called
the focal point) behind the retina instead of directly on the retina.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerChristopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology