Hypermetropia is when people cannot see clearly close up without glasses or contact lenses.
Hypermetropia is a common problem with the eyes focusing that can affect your vision at all distances, but especially close-up.
This is because of a focusing problem. Usually, light comes in through the lens and focuses on the retina at the back of the eye. In hypermetropia, the light is focused too far back in the eye, behind the retina, which causes things to look blurred close-up.
Many very young children have mild hypermetropia that gets better by itself as they grow older.
The percentage of people with hypermetropia increases with age.
Treatments for hypermetropia
Long sight can be easily corrected with glasses or contact lenses, using convex (curved outwards) lenses, which move the focus of the light forward onto the retina, allowing you to see clearly.
Laser eye surgery is also an option, but is not usually available on the NHS.
To find out more about laser and implant-based techniques for hypermetropia, please contact Moorfields Private, our unit for fee-paying patients.