What is hypermetropia (hyperopia)?

Hypermetropia, also known as “being longsighted” is a common focusing problem which means your eye focuses better in the distance than when you are looking at things close up.

The way hypermetropia affects vision can vary and usually depends on your age and the amount of hypermetropia you have. Some people with hypermetropia may not notice any problems with their vision, especially when they are young. For people with higher amounts of hypermetropia, vision can be blurry in the distance as well as close up. Hypermetropia can easily be corrected by glasses or contact lenses with a plus lens power e.g. +2.50 dioptres.

Further information can be found in our Making the most of your sight leaflet, part of our starting out series:

You can also contact our Helpline:


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