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Long-sightedness, also known as hyperopia, affects a person's ability to see objects that are close to them.
Symptoms of long-sightedness
If you are long-sighted (hyperopia), you will be able to see distant objects clearly but objects that are near to you will be out of focus.
Causes of long-sightedness
In long-sightedness (hyperopia), close objects appear blurred because the light that enters the eye is focused behind the retina.
Diagnosing long-sightedness
It is very important for children to have regular eye tests. Most childhood eye conditions can be corrected, but if left untreated they could cause more serious problems.
Treating long-sightedness
Long-sightedness (hyperopia) is often corrected with prescription glasses or contact lenses. In some cases, laser surgery is also an effective treatment option.
Complications of long-sightedness
Adults rarely have complications as a result of long-sightedness (hyperopia). In children, severe hyperopia can cause them to 'over-focus', leading to other eye conditions.