Treatable eye conditions: hyperopia (long-sightedness)

If you’re long-sighted, your eyeball is shorter and flatter than it needs to be. That means it focuses the light on a point just behind the retina, creating a blurred image.

Hyperopia affects near vision first, and later in life both distance and near vision. Often, if you’re long-sighted, you can sharpen near objects with a conscious effort, which tends to cause headaches.

Long-sightedness is relatively common, affecting about one in four people. Usually, it’s an inherited condition. In fact, nearly all babies start life hyperopic. Their hyperopia tends to reduce as they get older. Those whose hyperopia remains, or develops, will probably be wearing glasses or contact lenses by their mid-twenties – or at least considering it.

My prescription was very unique being very long sighted and having a large astigmatism, so when I was told I was eligible for surgery at LVC I was very pleased. The procedure itself could not have gone more smoothly and it has absolutely changed my life being glasses and contact free. Strongly recommend! Christie

Treating hyperopia

Many long-sighted patients find that their eyesight has deteriorated slowly over time. Although this is quite normal, it can be frustrating for someone who grew up with good vision to find they now need glasses to read and perform close work.

We can treat long sightedness with LASIK or PRK/LASEK surgery. That usually means no more glasses, no more fiddly contact lenses, and no more headaches from forcing things into focus.

This can make an enormous difference to everyday life – simple things like showering, swimming or playing with children become easier and less of a worry. And there are obvious benefits for anyone actively involved in sports. Many formerly long-sighted patients also find it helps in social situations, as faces are easier to recognise and read without glasses.

Find out if you are a suitable hyperopia candidate for laser eye surgery at the London Vision Clinic.

Our results with hyperopia

Our long-sighted patients perform exceptionally well compared to the data published in scientific literature or presented at major medical conferences.

Over 98% of our long-sighted patients achieve 20/32 vision – better than the UK driving standard of 20/40. Our results for hyperopia patients with prescriptions of up to +2D are even better: 97% of them achieve 20/20 vision.

View our latest hyperopia results for more.

If you have any questions on how we treat hyperopia please contact one of our Patient Care Coordinators on 0207 224 1005. You can also complete an online enquiry form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.