Known medically as hyperopia, farsightedness affects nearly one in four people. Farsightedness occurs when your eye is too short in relation to the curvature of your cornea. This causes the focal point of light rays entering your eye to actually be behind the retina, producing a blurred image on the retina. While the symptoms of presbyopia are somewhat similar to farsightedness (hyperopia), the two conditions are different. People of any age, including babies, can be farsighted unlike presbyopia—an age-related condition in which the lens of the eye becomes less flexible.
Farsightedness is an eye condition that often runs in families. Farsightedness can be associated with “crossed eyes” or “lazy eyes” in children which then affects vision in adulthood.