With farsightedness, the eye is too short to focus light on the retina. This makes it easy to focus on distant objects, but not on images that are close.
This type of defective vision usually results from an eyeball which is too short or is a result of the loss of lens elasticity with age. A farsighted individual will see far objects well but needs corrective lenses (thicker in the middle) to see objects that are close.
Also known as "Hyperopia". People with farsightedness see things better at distance than at near. In the hyperopic eye, images are focused behind the retina. The hyperopic eye is often described as being too flat or too short.