Hyperopia, also known as longsightedness, is a very common condition. Wearing glasses or contact lenses can easily correct the condition.
Hyperopia occurs if the cornea is flat, if the axis of the eye is too short, or if the lens in the eye is unable to focus properly. In that case, light rays from outside do not directly hit the retina, but gather behind the retina.
Additionally, often, you inherit longsightedness from your parents.
Objects at a short distance will appear blurry.
If you suffer from nearsightedness, it means that it is easier for you to see objects in the distance than when they are close up. The closer you get to the object, the more obscure it becomes and the more tiring it is for the eyes, making it more of a strain to read or use your smartphone.
Unlike myopia, hyperopia occurs because the eyeball is too short and the light passing through does not hit the retina properly, which means that the eye cannot focus optimally.
You may not notice as much if you are farsighted when you are younger, but with age, the experience of farsightedness can worsen.
When the longsightedness is related to age, it is called presbyopia.
Hyperopia can be diagnosed during an eye test. To find out more about our free extended eye tests, click here!