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Hyperopia (Long-sighted)

Hyperopia or being long-sighted is where long vision is clearer than short vision. The eyes natural state of focus is not enough to focus light on the retina and the image becomes blurry.  People who are hyperopic must exert more effort to read and this may cause headaches, fatigue and blurred vision at near. Affected eyes can also become very slow to change focus from distance to near and vice versa.

In younger age groups, this can present as eye strain and failure or inability to sustain their focus at close objects for any length of time. Both contact lenses and glasses can be prescribed for this condition.