Long-sightedness - Symptoms 

Symptoms of long-sightedness 

If you are long-sighted (hyperopia), this means you will be able to see distant objects clearly but objects near to you will be out of focus.


The eyesight of adults often deteriorates with age. Long-sightedness in adults (presbyopia) often becomes more noticeable after the age of 40.

If you develop long-sightedness, you may notice that:

  • nearby objects are fuzzy and out of focus but distant objects are clear
  • you have to squint to see clearly
  • your eyes may feel tired after activities that involve focusing on nearby objects, such as reading, writing or working on a computer
  • you experience pain or burning in your eyes
  • you experience headaches


Children who are long-sighted do not often have problems with their eyesight. The lenses in children's eyes tend to be more flexible than those of adults and are able to compensate for long-sightedness.

However, it is still important that young children have regular eyesight tests to check for conditions such as long-sightedness.

If left untreated, long-sightedness can lead to complications such as crossed eyes (strabismus) or lazy eye (amblyopia).

Read more about the complications of long-sightedness.

If your child is severely long-sighted, the signs and symptoms may include:

  • red or tearful eyes
  • squinting when looking at close objects
  • blinking and rubbing their eyes more than usual 
  • reading problems
  • headaches

Read more about hearing and vision tests for children.

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