The way in which light is bent and focused by the eye will determine the type of visual problems experienced) and can be corrected by the use of contact lenses, glasses or laser eye surgery. There are many treatments available for long-sightedness – please do get in touch with us if you feel you are suffering from this condition. Being ‘long-sighted’ is also known as the condition ‘hyperopia’.
If someone is long-sighted they might struggle to read a menu in a restaurant or a page in a book but will be able to see films at the cinema clearly. In the United States this condition is referred to as being farsighted.
As with myopia the cause of long sight is attributed to where the lens focusses light rays that enter the eye. In the case of long-sightedness the light rays seem to focus ‘behind’ the retina – of course this cannot happen so the lens tries to accommodate this refractive error by becoming more rounded. In younger people this process of counteracting long-sightedness is known as accomodation. However the resulting effect is that people with hyperopia over time cannot fully ‘accommodate’ this error and their vision for nearby objects becomes blurred.
When someone describes the condition of long sight they might often confuse this with ‘presbyopia’ which is something that in time we all suffer from. Presbyopia is where the eye loses it’s elasticity and therefore cannot focus well on near objects. Therefore the symptoms are very similar to long sight. However long sight is a condition that can affect young patients too.
Laser eye surgery can correct long sight and the results can often be more surprising than short sight correction – mainly because when someone suffers from long sightedness they often cannot see very much of the world around them. Long sight is more common in patients older than 35 years old. In some cases LASIK might not be the most appropriate treatment and instead we would sometimes recommend refractive lens exchange as an alternative. This has many benefits of treating long sight but it is always advisable to come in for a consultation first so we can determine whether presbyopia is present.