Your Eyes & Vision Explained



Long Sight, Far Sight, Hyperopia

Hyperopia is the medical term for the eye condition commonly known as long-sight or far-sight.

Young hyperopic patients can focus on distant objects but near objects are not seen clearly. With age, distant objects will also become affected.

Hyperopia is caused by the eyeball being too short or the cornea too flat. This causes the incoming light rays to focus behind the retina instead of directly on it.

Long-sightedness is relatively common, affecting about one in four people with a refractive error. It can be an inherited condition. It is essential that children be given an eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist to determine if they are hyperopic. If the condition is severe and left untreated, it can lead to other problems such as amblyopia (lazy eye) or strabismus (crossed eyes).

Hyperopia affects near vision first and, later in life, both distance and near vision.  This is because, in young people, the natural lens of the eye can correct the focus in hyperopic eyes. With aging however, the natural lens progressively loses this flexibility and the vision blurs.

Signs and symptoms of hyperopia may be subtler than with myopia, ranging from trouble with maintaining a clear focus on objects, extending to being unable to read. Many farsighted patients find that their eyesight deteriorates slowly over time, which, although normal, can be frustrating and upsetting.


Hyperopia treatments

The treatment for your hyperopia can depend on a number of factors including the severity of your condition. Common treatments include glasses and contact lenses but laser eye surgery now provides lasting benefits for anyone with a suitable hyperopic prescription.


Laser eye surgery and hyperopia

Laser eye surgery can provide a long-term solution for those inconvenienced by the blurred vision that can result from hyperopia.

When treated with an Excimer laser, the cornea is steepened to refocus the incoming light rays directly onto the retina, thus restoring clear and focused vision.

If you have long-sightedness we can almost certainly help. Find out more about treating your hyperopia with laser eye surgery by booking an assessment (at no cost or obligation) where we can assess your suitability.

At NewVision Clinics we are committed to providing the best possible treatment for anyone considering laser eye surgery for long-sight treatments.


Laser eye surgery for long sight, recovery and costs

Recovery following laser eye surgery is typically very quick, with most patients returning to work the day after treatment for long sightedness. The majority of patients notice an improvement in their vision within hours.

If you’re considering treatments for long sight, our financing options could help you determine a pricing plan. Call us now on 1800 20 20 20 or book your assessment online now and take the next step towards visual freedom.