Long-sightedness (hyperopia or far-sightedness)

If you’re long-sighted, close vision is more difficult than distance – but both may be blurry.

Long-sightedness often starts in early childhood and runs in families. Normal growth of the eye often corrects the problem.


Long-sightedness is easily diagnosed by a standard eye check by an optometrist or ophthalmologist (eye doctor).


Prescription glasses, contact lenses or refractive laser surgery can correct long-sightedness.


Hyperopia is caused when your eyeball is too short or your cornea (the transparent layer that covers the front of your eye) is too flat. The focus point is behind your retina, the light-sensitive part of your eye, rather than directly on your retina, causing blurry close vision.

This topic sheet was provided by Healthline.

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