Long Sightedness (Hypermetropia)

This is when the eye focuses images behind the retina. Individuals with long sightedness often have difficulty seeing both distance and near without any spectacles or contact lenses. Their prescription is denoted by a positive or plus.

Long Sightedness (Hypermetropia) diagram

Treatment Options

Non-Surgical Treatment
Spectacles and Contact Lenses form the mainstay of non-surgical treatment options. They are non-invasive and generally safe. They can however be quite inconvenient depending on the degree of long sightedness.

Surgical Treatment

1. Laser Eye Surgery
Although laser eye surgery is a treatment of choice for individuals with short sightedness, this option is limited in long sighted people. This is dependent on the age of the individual and the strength of their prescription.

2. Lens Surgery
Often referred to as Clear Lens Extraction (CLE) or Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), this proceed is more suited to people over the age of 45 and involves the removal of the natural lens and placing a clear artificial lens in its place to correct the prescription. This option can correct both the distance and near vision depending on the type of intraocular lens chosen. This is an excellent option for long sighted individuals.