Specialist in Glaucoma, Cataract, Pediatrics

This week, we present to you another Femme Actuelle article written by Esther Buitekant with the help of Dr. Stéphanie Zwillinger. Thanks to this one, you should be able to get a better understanding of this refractive disorder which causes an up-close blurred vision but also solutions, medical care and symptoms of hyperopia. 

Being farsighted : “it’s affects approximatly 15%of the population”  

Dr. Stéphanie Zwillinger reminds us in her intervention in Femme Actuelle magazine that hyperopia affects many Frenchs!

This ocular pathology is, like myopia and astigmatism, an ametropia. The image received by an eye affected with hyperopia will form behind the retina, instead of directly on it.

The reasons why the image is not quite rightly formed are:

  • the eye being too short;
  • the eye’s cornea being too flat;
  • the lens of the eye being too flat;


The eye will then try to compensate for this visual defect with the lens muscles, which it’s not always possible. It then becomes necessary to make an appointment with your ophthalmologist as quickly as possible.

Man wearing glasses to correct his hyperopia.

How do we know we are farsighted ?

First of all, know that Dr. Stéphanie Zwillinger can diagnose patients of all ages. Medical care for patients with hyperopia are accessible to anyone: thus, it never is too late to get a screening.

  • with children: we correct;
  • with adolescents: we correct, based on functional signs


At the COP9 practice, the ophthalmological team will use a cycloplegia to perform an exam with the auto refractometer. Painless, this exam is based on the instillation of drops in the eye to measure its length, accommodative capacity,  and potential hyperopia.

However, we only present to you here a brief summary of this ophthalmological exam. Thought with finesse to evaluate your level of hyperopia (weak, medium and strong) we invite you to continue your reading by clicking on the link below (in French).

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