What is Hypermetropia?
Hypermetropia, or Long-sightedness, is a form of refractive error.
In hypermetropia a person brings the eye into focus to see far things using the same mechanism (accommodation) most of us use to see near things. This means that they are having to work quite hard to see distant objects, and more so to see near objects, and this can lead to headaches and eye strain.
Often, the effect of hypermetropia is that long-sighted people need reading glasses much earlier than people who are not long-sighted. This should not be confused with Presbyopia which is the need for reading glasses due to ageing of the natural lens.

If someone is substantially long-sighted then they may need glasses for distance vision as well.
The vision is usually corrected successfully with distance glasses, and sometimes people may choose to use reading glasses as well.
Young people who have long-sightedness may elect to undergo laser eye surgery to remove the need for wearing glasses. If they are very long-sighted then other techniques such as intraocular contact lenses may be more appropriate.
Older patients who are already wearing varifocal or bifocal glasses may find presbyopic lens exchange a more satisfactory solution.

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