Nearsightedness is likely something you’ve heard of, but what about farsightedness?   As you become older, your eyes lose their capacity to focus on surrounding near objects, a situation that is known as farsightedness. Your eyes lose their capacity to focus on near objects as you get older, and your natural eye lenses harden and lose their flexibility to accommodate for near vision. You may have trouble focusing on adjacent items, experience headaches, blurry vision, and eye strain. In farsightedness, your eyes are better at focusing on distant objects than on those that are close by. You will lose your capacity to clearly see items at near proximity. When light enters the eye and focuses behind the retina rather than directly on it, causing close-up objects to appear hazy. Aging affects not just the body and intellect, but also the health of the eyes. When you have farsightedness, you can see objects that are far away better than things that are close to you. At close ranges, such as when reading or working at a computer, it will become more difficult to see well.

Is it possible to avoid being farsighted? While there is no proven method for preventing farsightedness, there are a few things you can do to keep your eyes healthy: Eat a well-balanced diet, with dark, leafy greens being particularly good for your eyes. If you think your diet is not rich in essential nutrients such as lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C, and vitamin E, make sure you supplement your diet with dietary supplements that are specifically made to protect your vision.

Rest your eyes on a regular basis: Your eyes may feel fatigued from looking at a computer or reading for long periods of time. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at objects far away.

Wear sunglasses even if it’s misty outside: Choose sunglasses that block 99 percent or more of the sun’s UV radiation.

Examine your eyes on a regular basis: A healthcare provider can examine for eye abnormalities even if you don’t have any symptoms.