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Hyperopia (Long Sighted / Far Sighted)

Hyperopia is caused by the light rays being focused behind the retina, after entering the eye. This happens when the eye ball is shorter than required.


Hyperopic people are more comfortable with distant vision, especially when they are younger. This is because they will need to exert more effort while reading compared to looking at distant objects.


As the focusing ability decreases with age after 38 years old (Presbyopia), Hyperopes will start to experience more difficulty with reading first. Distant vision will be affected thereafter, as the decreasing focusing ability is required to compensate for clearing the distant vision.

Hyperopia is often confused with Presbyopia. Hyperopia can occur with or without presbyopia.