Long-sightedness affects the ability to see nearbyobjects. You may be able tosee distant objects clearly, butcloser objects are usually out of focus.
It often affects adults over 40, but can affect people of all ages including babies and children.
The medical name for long-sightedness is hyperopia or hypermetropia.
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Long-sightedness can affect people in different ways.
Some people only have trouble focusing on nearby objects, while some people maystruggle to see clearlyat any distance.
If you're long-sighted, you may:
Children who arelong-sighted often don'thave obvious issues with their vision at first. But if left untreated, it can lead to problems such as a squint or lazy eye .
If you think you or your child may be long-sighted, you should book an eye test at a local opticians. Find an opticians near you .
Having an eye test at least every two years is usually recommended, but you can have a test at any point if you have any concerns about your vision.
An eye test can confirm whether you're long or short-sighted , and you can be given a prescription for glasses or contact lenses to correct your vision.
For some people such as children under 16, or those under 19 and in full-time education eye tests are available free of charge on the NHS. Find out about NHS eyecare entitlements to check if you qualify.
Contact lenses and laser eye surgery carry a small risk of complications and aren't usually suitable for young children.
Find out about the symptoms, causes and treatments for long-sightedness.
Find out how long-sightedness is diagnosed and what your glasses prescription means.
Find out about the main treatments for long-sightedness, including glasses, contact lenses and laser eye surgery.