Hyperopia (longsightedness)

Hyperopia, or longsightedness as it is commonly known, is an eye condition where you can see distant objects very well, but have difficulty seeing clearly when doing things up close, such as reading books or looking at the computer screen. People who have longsightedness which hasn’t been corrected often experience eyestrain and headaches and may feel tired at the end of the day. Hyperopia is a very common eye condition.

Commonly asked questions

What causes hyperopia?

The size and shape of the eye is largely responsible for this condition, which is usually hereditary. If the cornea, the clear window at the front of the eye, is not sufficiently curved or your eye is too short, the light that enters your eye will not focus correctly on the retina at the back of the eye.

Can hyperopia be cured?

Properly prescribed glasses or contact lenses will make tasks much easier by improving how clearly you see and making it more comfortable for your eyes, but hyperopia cannot be cured.

Will I have to wear glasses?

Your optometrist will tell you if you need to wear glasses all the time or some of the time, according to your prescription and lifestyle. You are likely to need glasses when you are reading books or using computers or performing other tasks that require you to focus up close.

How can I tell if I’m longsighted and how will it affect me?

Longsighted people can often see clearly when looking at distant objects and may not realise they need glasses or contact lenses. It is important to have an eye examination with your optometrist who will be able to test how well you see up close by placing different lenses in front of your eyes, so he or she can then prescribe the lenses that give you the clearest and most comfortable vision.