This problem happens when the shape of the eye does not bend light correctly. The eyeball is too short for light rays to clearly focus on the retina.

It may also be caused by a problem with the shape of the cornea or lens.

Interior of the Eye
eye anatomy 2
Light rays are precisely focused on the retina (orange) in good vision.
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Risk Factors

This problem is more common in people who have other family members who are farsighted.



Problems may be:

  • Trouble focusing on objects that are close
  • Blurred eyesight
  • Headache
  • A feeling of tiredness in the eyes

Young adults with farsightedness often do not have symptoms. However, they may need reading glasses at an earlier age.


The doctor will ask about symptoms and past health. Vision will be tested. This is often enough to make the diagnosis. The person may also be referred to a doctor who treats eyes.



The goal of treatment is to improve vision. Options are:

  • Corrective lenses, such as eyeglasses or contacts
  • Surgery to change the shape of the eye to improve its ability to focus light


There are no known guidelines to prevent this health problem.

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.