What is hypermetropia?

Hypermetropia is the medical term for ‘long-sightedness, which means that you can see things in the distance clearly, but things up close look blurry or out of focus. It usually affects those of us aged over 40, but it can occur at all ages. It is a common vision condition and the degree of hypermetropia influences your focusing ability. 


What are the symptoms of hypermetropia?

Hypermetropia is usually a hereditary condition, so it can be present at birth. Symptoms of hypermetropia include:

  • Finding it difficult to read a book up close - the writing may appear blurry.
  • Squinting or straining your eyes to see nearby objects clearly.
  • Experiencing headaches, and general eye discomfort. 


What causes Hypermetropia?

Hypermetropia happens when your eyeball can’t focus the light onto the retina at the back of the eye properly, causing things to appear blurry.

It’s still unclear what may cause this issue, but as mentioned above in some cares it can be hereditary. It can also be caused when the lenses in your eyes are getting stiffer as you get older and less able to focus.


Is there a treatment available for hypermetropia?

If you think you may be long-sighted you should book an appointment for an eye test. An Optometrist will run through various tests to understand whether a prescription is needed to correct any long-sightedness. If required, glasses or contact lenses will be prescribed. 

You may be entitled to eyecare on the NHS, if you are under 16, over 60 or receiving certain benefits. You can find out more about NHS Eye Care here.


How do I get help?

If you’re worried you may have symptoms of hypermetropia, you should book an appointment with your Optician or doctor at the earliest opportunity. If they’re unavailable, visit your nearest emergency department.

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