Long-sightedness 2017-09-27T15:55:21+00:00

LONG-SIGHTEDNESS
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LONG-SIGHTEDNESS

LONG-SIGHTEDNESS IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON EYE CONDITIONS

Long-sightedness is a refractive error that can result in difficulty with seeing objects up close while objects in the distance remain clear.

Long-sightedness is known as hypermetropia in medical terminology. It means things in the distance are clearer than those for near. It is a type of refractive error.

LONG-SIGHTEDNESS SYMPTOMS

  • Objects in the distance appear clearer than those up close
  • Difficulty reading
  • Eye strain
  • Headaches

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LONG-SIGHTEDNESS CAUSES

Long-sightedness happens because the light is being focused behind the retina (the film at the back of the eyes). This can happen because the eye is relatively short. Also, it can be that the cornea and lens do not focus the light enough to produce a clear image.

LONG-SIGHTEDNESS DIAGNOSIS & EXAMINATION PROCEDURE

You may already know that you are long-sighted (Hypermetropic). Diagnosis can be established with refraction and a careful eye exam. At times additional scans of the eye can be necessary to fully study the eye and how it is focusing the light.

LONG-SIGHTEDNESS TREATMENT

Hypermetropia can be corrected using laser refractive surgery and lens surgery. The laser works to make the cornea focus light more quickly allowing for light to be focused on the retina.

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FAQs ABOUT LONG-SIGHTEDNESS

Things in the distance appear clearer than near. Long periods of close work can be difficult.

Unfortunately, in most cases exercises do not work and refractive correction is necessary e.g. glasses.

Children need careful examination and follow-up for their refractive errors as they can be associated with squints or other conditions. Laser refractive surgery is not usually performed in children.

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