Long-sightedness (Hyperopia)

Long-sightedness is a confusing lay-man's term since long-sightedness can effect people very differently depending on the degree of long-sightedness and the age of the patient.

Clinically, long-sightedness is known as Hyperopia; it is when the cornea is too flat, or the eye is too short for the relaxed focussing power of the eye.

This means that when an eye is relaxed, the light is focused beyond the retina, blurring any image. A younger person with a smaller degree of hyperopia may be able to overcome this defocus with muscular effort which changes the shape of the internal focussing lens and pulls the focussed light onto the retina. They may in this way recover clear vision in the distance.  The older patient or a patient with a higher degree of hyperopia, will not be able to overcome this defocus.

Hyperopia must be clearly distinguished from Presbyopia. The former is a true refractive error that is far easier to treat by laser eye surgery. Presbyopia on the other hand is a natural ageing process within the eye which is more challenging to treat and requires explanation and understanding. See the Presbyopia link on the left for more information.


Laser eye surgery for long-sightedness

Laser eye surgeons have been correcting long-sightedness with laser eye surgery for more than ten years, usually by LASIK. At your consultation we will conduct a thorough examination of your eyes that includes assessing your prescription and performing additional tests to judge your suitability for laser eye surgery.

To book your complimentary Laser Eye Surgery Consultation, please call 0114 2711564.