Can You Read That Chart on The Wall?

Hyperopia or farsightedness can be a little complicated to understand. It essentially means that the rays of light entering the eye are focussed BEHIND the eye, rather than on the retina. In other words, the eyeball is too short. Depending on the amount of farsightedness, some people can still see clearly in the distance, by using the muscle of the eye to focus, and “pull the focal point forward” onto the retina. As we get older, we all lose the ability of this “focussing power” (presbyopia), and this is why many people only discover they are farsighted later in life. This is quite a common condition and fortunately one that is entirely treatable with laser eye surgery.