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The Optical Co.
The Optical Co.


Hypermetropia is sometimes also knows as ‘Hyperopia’ and both terms refer to ‘Long- Sightedness'. Long-sightedness usually results in objects nearby being blurred and out of focus, while objects in the distance are sharp and in focus. Corrective lenses or laser eye surgery can be used to treat the problem.

Symptoms of long-sightedness in adults can include:

  • Objects are fuzzy or blurred close up 

  • Squinting 

  • Tired eyes, especially after reading, writing, or computer work, which require focusing on objects close up

  • Pain or burning sensations in the eyes

  • Experiencing headaches



Children can be born long-sighted but it often corrects itself when the eyes develop. However, their eyes are generally more flexible and sometimes compensate for long-sightedness. This means that they don’t usually experience problems with their vision even though they are actually Long Sighted. However, if hypermetropia is left untreated, it can have complications (see below) - it is important children have regular eye tests to monitor the condition.

If your child is severely long- sighted, you may notice some of the following symptoms:

  • Red eyes

  • Tearful eyes

  • Squinting at nearby objects

  • Blinking (more often than usual)

  • Rubbing their eyes frequently.

  • Difficulties with reading

  • Complaining of headaches


Hyperopia symptoms can be alleviated by wearing prescription spectacles. A full Eye Examination can determine if you would benefit from wearing glasses for close concentrated tasks. At The Optical Co. we always allow plenty of time for Children’s Eye Tests so they feel comfortable and so the most accurate results can be determined.


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