Farsightedness (Hyperopia) is a condition in which distant objects are usually seen clearly, but close objects do not come into proper focus.
Farsightedness in small amounts is actually normal for children, and does not interfere with their vision. The reason for this is that the children have a special ability to “auto-focus” the eyes by themselves to clear their vision, and thus we usually do not need to give them glasses.
Some children have greater amount of farsightedness than usual, which may sometimes cause them to develop crossing of the eyes. The reason for this is that children try to “auto-focus” to see clearly, they may not be able to keep the eyes straight at the same time. This is a focusing type of crossing, and is easily treated by giving the children glasses. Children who have greater amounts of farsightedness may develop the crossing anywhere from age 1 to around age 5, and it is important that our pediatric eye care specialists follow up with them carefully and watch for crossing of their eyes.
If you find that you have any questions about pediatric farsightedness or other children's vision disorders, please contact Thomas Eye Group at any of our location across Georgia including Atlanta and Sandy Springs.