Long Sightedness : How to check if you have Long-sightedness?


With farsightedness (hyperopia), a common visual issue, you may be able to see far things well but have a hazy vision of nearer items.

How farsighted you are affecting your ability to concentrate. Individuals with severe farsightedness could only be able to see items that are far away clearly, but others with mild farsightedness might be able to see objects that are nearby clearly.

The tendency to be farsighted is typically present from birth and runs in families. Glasses or contact lenses make it simple to treat this disease. Surgery is another remedy.


Two areas of your eye focus pictures:

The transparent, dome-shaped front surface of your eye is called the cornea.

The lens is a transparent structure that resembles an M&M candy bar in both size and form.

Each of these focusing components in a properly formed eye has a flawlessly smooth curve, much like the surface of a marble. Such a curved cornea and lens bend (refract) all incoming light into a tightly focused picture that is projected directly onto the retina at the rear of the eye.

If your cornea or lens is not consistently and smoothly curved, which results in faulty light refraction, you have a refractive error.

When your cornea is overly flat or your eyeball is shorter than usual, you get farsightedness. The result is in contrast to nearsightedness.

Other refractive defects, besides being farsighted, include:

Nearsightedness (myopia). Nearsightedness often happens when your eyeball is longer than it should be or when your cornea is curved too sharply. Light is concentrated in front of your retina rather than directly on your retina, which causes distant things to look hazy.

Astigmatism. When your cornea or lens curves more sharply in one direction than it does in another, this happens. Your eyesight is distorted by untreated astigmatism. 

How to check if you have Long-sightedness?

See an eye doctor if your degree of farsightedness is severe enough to prevent you from performing tasks as well as you would want or if the quality of your vision prevents you from enjoying activities. He or she can assess how farsighted you are and suggest vision correction solutions for you.


Starting at age 40, receive a dilated eye exam every one to two years if you have a high risk of developing certain eye illnesses, such as glaucoma.

 Have an eye checkup at the following intervals if you have a low risk of acquiring eye conditions like glaucoma:

  • A first examination at 40
  • For those aged 40 to 54, every two to four years.
  • Between 55 and 64 years old, every one to three years
  • Starting at age 65, every one to two years.

You should probably have your eyes tested frequently if you use glasses or contacts or have a medical condition like diabetes that affects your eyes. Find out from your eye doctor how regularly you should make appointments. So even if you have just had an eye exam, make an appointment with your eye doctor right away if you start to experience visual issues. Blurred eyesight may be an indication of another issue, or you need to adjust your medicine.

Children and teenagers

At the following ages and intervals, children should have eye disease screenings and have their vision evaluated by a paediatrician, ophthalmologist, optometrist, or another qualified screener:

  • 6 months old
  • 3 years old
  • Prior to entering first grade and every two years while in school, at well-child appointments, or through screenings in schools or the public


Being farsighted can mean:

  • Surrounding objects could seem hazy
  • Squinting is required to see clearly.
  • You have eye pain or discomfort around the eyes as well as eye strain.
  • When performing close work, such as reading, writing, using a computer, or sketching, for a while, you have general eye pain or a headache.


By using corrective lenses or refractive surgery, farsightedness is treated by focusing light on the retina.

Lens prescription

Treatment is not often required in children since the crystalline lenses in their eyes are flexible enough to correct the issue. Depending on how farsighted you are, you could require corrective glasses to enhance your close vision. As you become older and the lenses within your eyes grow less flexible, this is very likely to happen.

By balancing out your cornea's reduced curvature or your eye's lower size (length), prescription lenses can remedy farsightedness. Prescription eyewear varieties include:

Eyeglasses. This is a quick, secure method to correct farsightedness and improve eyesight. There is a large selection of eyeglass lenses, including includes progressive multifocal, bifocals, trifocals, and single vision.

Lens contacts. Your eyes are directly covered by these lenses. They come in a range of shapes and materials, including rigid and flexible, gas-permeable, spherical, toric, multifocal, and monovision designs. See your eye doctor about the benefits and drawbacks of wearing contacts and which option would be best for you.

Cataract surgery. Although nearsightedness is the most common condition for which refractive surgery is performed, mild to moderate farsightedness may also be treated. These surgical procedures alter your cornea's shape to address farsightedness. 

Refractive surgical techniques include:

LASIK. Your eye doctor will cut a tiny, hinged flap into your cornea during this surgery. Then he or she employs a laser for the cornea's curvature to be adjusted to remedy farsightedness. Compared to other corneal procedures, LASIK recovery is often quicker and more comfortable.

A subepithelial keratectomy with laser assistance (LASEK). Only in the outer protective layer of the cornea can the surgeon produce an extremely thin flap (epithelium). Next, after altering the curvature of the cornea's outer layers with a laser, the epithelium is replaced.

Photographic keratectomy (PRK). Similar to LASEK, this surgery involves fully removing the epithelium before the cornea is reshaped using a laser. The epithelium is not replaced; rather, it will spontaneously regrow, taking on the new shape of your cornea. Discuss the potential negative consequences of refractive surgery with your doctor.

Complications of Long Sightedness

Many issues, such as the following, might be brought on by being farsighted:

Squinted eyes. Crossed eyes can happen in certain farsighted kids. This issue could be resolved with specially crafted eyewear that corrects for some or all of the farsightedness.

Reduced standard of living. Untreated farsightedness may prevent you from performing an activity as well as you would want. Also, having poor vision could make it harder for you to enjoy your daily activities.

Eyestrain. You might have to squint or strain your eyes to keep them focused if your farsightedness is untreated. Eye strain and headaches may result from this.

reduced safety. If you have an untreated visual issue, both your safety and others might be in danger. If you are using heavy machinery or driving a car, this might be very dangerous.

Financial burden. With a persistent disease like farsightedness, the price of corrective lenses, eye checkups, and medical treatments may mount up quickly.

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