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 that hypermetropia affects vision can vary between different people and it 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 be corrected by glasses or contact lenses to make your vision clear.

Hypermetropia is corrected by glasses or contact lenses with a plus lens power e.g. +2.50 dioptres.

RNIB also produces a leaflet about how to make the most of your sight:

For more information and advice about hypermetropia and other eye conditions please contact our Helpline on:


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