Did you know?

Long-sightedness can be picked up during a regular eye test – so it’s important you have one regularly. We’d recommend you have an eye test every two years.

What is long-sightedness?

In a perfect eye, to see things clearly beyond the distance of a small-sized room, the eyes’ focusing muscles need to be completely relaxed.

This means that all focusing ability is saved for seeing close objects clearly. If you’re long-sighted, the focusing muscles aren’t relaxed, even for far away objects, which means they have to work harder in order to see closer objects clearly.

Symptoms of long-sightedness

People with hyperopia will find that they can see objects in the distance clearly, but things up close are out of focus, or look quite fuzzy.

Long-sightedness makes doing things close up difficult and more tiring for the eyes, as they’re having to work very hard to see. Often this becomes too much of a strain and reading or using your phone becomes out of focus. You may find yourself squinting or holding things further away at arm’s length to try and see clearly.

Long-sightedness causes

Long-sightedness happens when the light coming into the eye is not able to focus properly at the back of the eye. This can be caused by:

  • The eyeball being too short
  • The cornea being too flat
  • The lens inside the eye being unable focus properly
  • It’s not always clear what causes these problems and quite often long-sightedness can be inherited from your parents.  

Long-sightedness that is related to age is called presbyopia.

Treatment options for long-sightedness


Long-sightedness can usually be corrected easily by wearing prescription glasses. This is probably the most common way to treat long-sightedness. As long-sightedness can increase with age, the strength or the prescription of your glasses may need to be increased as you get older.

Contact lenses

It can also be corrected by wearing contact lenses, which may be a better option if glasses would get in the way of your lifestyle. Your optician will be able to advise you on the most suitable type of contact lens for you.

If you decide to give contact lenses a go, we’ll let you try them or free.

Laser eye surgery

Laser eye surgery might be an option for certain people to correct their long-sightedness.

We’d suggest discussing this with your optometrist during your next eye exam. Although we don’t offer this treatment at Specsavers, we’ve put together some helpful tips and advice about whether laser eye surgery is the right choice for you.

Diagnosis of long-sightedness

Long-sightedness can be detected during a routine eye test. We recommend you have one every two years to check the health of your eyes, as well as how well you can see. But if you ever have any concerns about your vision, you can have an eye test at any point.

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What is the difference between long- and short-sightedness?

Short-sightedness is when the eye naturally focuses on objects close up and struggles to see things far away. Long-sightedness is almost the reverse, when the eye struggles to focus on close objects but can see clearly further away.

Can long-sightedness be treated with laser eye surgery?

Long-sightedness can be treated with laser eye surgery. Or it can be corrected by wearing glasses or contact lenses.

Does long-sightedness get worse as you get older?

Long-sightedness tends to progress as you get older, so your prescription may need to be increased over time to continue to see everything clearly.