What does it mean to be long-sighted? What’s actually going on?

To be long-sighted, or hyperopic, means that a person has difficulty seeing objects clearly up close while having relatively clear vision for distant objects. It occurs when the eyeball is slightly shorter than normal or when the cornea is too flat. As a result, light entering the eye focuses behind the retina instead of directly on it, causing nearby objects to appear blurry.

To correct long-sightedness, an optician may suggest the following options:

1. Prescription glasses: Wearing glasses with convex lenses helps to redirect the light entering the eye, allowing it to focus correctly on the retina. These glasses will have a positive power, indicated by a plus (+) sign on the prescription.

2. Contact lenses: Similarly, contact lenses with a positive power can be used to correct long-sightedness. They sit directly on the eye and provide a wider field of vision compared to glasses. However, contact lenses require proper hygiene and regular maintenance.

3. Refractive surgery: Just like with short-sightedness, refractive surgeries like LASIK or PRK can be considered for a more permanent solution. These procedures reshape the cornea to correct the refractive error, allowing light to focus properly on the retina. However, it is important to consult with an eye specialist to understand the potential risks and suitability of surgery based on individual circumstances.

The specific recommendation will depend on factors such as the severity of the long-sightedness, personal preferences, lifestyle, and overall eye health. It is advisable to consult an optician or ophthalmologist for a comprehensive eye examination and personalised advice.

Keep your eyesight clear and enjoy the world around you!

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