Long-sightedness – also known as hyperopia or farsightedness – makes it difficult to focus on objects close up.
Many people confuse long-sightedness with short-sightedness. Long-sightedness does not affect your distance vision, but it does affect your ability to focus on near objects.
Age-related long-sightedness is called presbyopia and relates to a stiffening of the eye’s lens. Both types of long-sightedness are perfectly normal and easily treated.
If you find it difficult to focus on things close up, or if objects near to you appear blurry, it could be a sign that you suffer from long-sightedness. Distance vision in long-sighted people generally remains clear.
Long-sightedness makes reading difficult, particularly if the type is small. You may find yourself often squinting or holding books and newspapers at arm’s length so that you can focus on the text.
Many long-sighted people suffer sore and tired eyes from over-straining them in the effort to view things close up. Headaches from eye strain are also a common symptom among people with long-sightedness.