Longsightedness, or hypermetropia, affects the ability to see objects that are close by. Many people with long sightedness will be able to see objects clearly that are a long distance away with no problem.
This can affect people of any age, including babies and children, however is most commonly found in people over the age of 40.
What are the symptoms of long sightedness?
Everyone will be affected by the condition differently as it can vary in severity. Here are some of the symptoms associated with long sightedness:
- Close objects seem fuzzy and blurred whereas a distant object is clear
- You have to squint to see close up objects
- You get tired and strained eyes after focusing on a close object for a long time e.g., looking at a computer or reading a book
- Headaches that are felt around the eyes and temple area of the head
Having regular eye tests
If you believe that you or your child have long sightedness it is important that you book an eye test. We recommend that you have an eye test at least once every two years or as soon as possible if you notice any changes in your vision.
At the eye test, your optician will look at both your short and long sightedness. If a weakness is found, they will prescribe glasses to help improve the problems. In mild cases, you may not be prescribed glasses as the eyes can often adapt to correct the problem.
For patients that prefer not to wear glasses, laser eye surgery is an option.
The exact cause of long sightedness is unknown, however, it is thought to be linked to genetics, so may be inherited. Long sightedness is rarely linked to an underlying health condition so you should not worry about further health problems.
For patients that prefer not to wear glasses, lens replacement or vision correction is an option.
This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.