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Children who are farsighted can see faraway objects. But they have trouble seeing things that are close. If your child is farsighted, your child may have trouble with up-close tasks like reading or sewing.
Farsightedness occurs because your child's eye is too short and does not bend light correctly. Light entering the eye is focused behind the retina instead of directly on the retina.
Mild farsightedness may not need treatment in children. Their eyes can often adjust to make up for the problem. But glasses or contact lenses can help if your child's farsightedness is more than a mild problem. Surgery may be an option in some cases.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: October 12, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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