Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hyperopia Underlying Cause

Farsightedness is caused by an eyeball that is too short from front to back. Under these circumstances, the lens does not focus light on the retina correctly. Instead, the lens focuses the light on an imaginary spot behind the retina, and as a result, the retina detects a blurry image.

Farsightedness is usually present at birth. Farsightedness is often confused presbyopia, which is the gradual loss of near vision that occurs with aging.

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Last Updated: Mar 17, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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