Without glasses or contacts, patients with hyperopia experience blurred vision up close, while objects in the distance are usually clearer. In some cases, both distance and close vision can lack focus.
Long-sightedness, just like short-sightedness and astigmatism describe refractive error. This means that it is not an eye disease or eye health problem, but an issue with how the eye focuses light. Hyperopia occurs when the cornea and lens curvature is too flat for the length of the eye so that the image focuses at a point behind the retina.
Patients with hyperopia can be free from glasses and contact lenses with surgery that typically suits their age. For those aged 20-45 years, LASIK is preferred while an intracollamer lens (ICL) may better suit those with a thin cornea or high prescription. For people 45 years+ refractive lens exchange with premium intraocular lens implants corrects vision, removes the lens so a cataract will never develop and restores youthful vision for life. For people who are 60+ years of age, cataract surgery with premium intraocular lens implants corrects vision, removes the cataract and restores youthful vision for life.