Farsightedness (hyperopia) is a condition in which distant objects are usually seen clearly, but close objects do not come into proper focus.
Mild farsightedness is normal for children and does not interfere with their vision. Most children can “auto-focus” the eyes by themselves to clear their vision without the use of eyeglasses.
Children with moderate or severe farsightedness may develop crossed eyes between ages 1-5, so our pediatric eye care specialists will request regular follow ups to watch for this. This type of crossed eyes is due to an inability to keep the eyes straight when trying to “auto-focus” and is easily treated with eyeglasses.