What is Long sightedness (hyperopia)?

So, the naming system in eyesight conditions for long sightedness and short sightedness is quite interesting! The easiest way to understand it is, that eyesight conditions are named after what type of vision your eyes are still good at. If someone is long sighted, otherwise known as hyperopic, they can see better in the long distance, and often find it difficult to see things up close. Looking at things up close can cause them more eye strain and blur. People with hyperopia often find themselves squinting or straining to see objects that are close up.

Causes of Long sightedness (hyperopia)

Long sightedness (hyperopia) arises when the eye is shorter than usual or has a cornea (the clear outer layer at the front of the eye) that is too flat. Consequently, light rays concentrate beyond the retina instead of on it. Usually, this permits you to see faraway objects to some extent clearly except nearby objects will be seen more blurred.

Symptoms of Long sightedness (hyperopia)

You may experience:

  • Blurry vision
  • Fatigue or headache after you do a close-up task such as reading
  • Problems concentrating and keeping a clear focus on near objects
  • Eyes feeling tired, aching or burning

Prescribing glasses can resolve these issues so that you don’t experience them and can concentrate and your eyes and vision can function properly. If you are experiencing these symptoms despite wearing glasses or contact lenses, you may require a new prescription and should come in to get a full eye examination.

How to treat Long sightedness (hyperopia)

An optometrist is able to diagnose long sightedness during a comprehensive eye examination. Children who do not pass a vision test at school should see an optometrist for a full check up to find out if this is due to any vision problems. If there are vision problems that are left unattended, this may cause permanent vision problems for a child in their future, as well as have a massive impact on their learning, so it is important to get children’s eyes tested with an optometrist who can ensure their vision develops properly. Make sure to book in an appointment with one of our optometrists if your child reports any learning or concentration problems in school, blurry vision, eyestrain, squinting, tired eyes or headaches. The best way to correct long sightedness is with accurate prescription glasses and/or contact lenses.

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