Long-sightedness, or hyperopia (orig. hypermetropia), is a common vision problem that can normally be corrected with contact lenses or glasses. If you are long-sighted (hyperopic), you can see objects clearly at a distance but find it hard to focus on things close to you. As people with long-sightedness get older, seeing at a distance can become more difficult. In cases of high hyperopia, it can be difficult to focus on objects at any distance.

What causes long-sightedness?1

Long-sightedness occurs when the eyeball grows too short from front to back, or when there are problems with the shape of the cornea or lens. Light is focused behind the retina instead of on it, resulting in blurred vision.

People are usually born with long-sightedness. Hyperopia is the most common vision problem in Australia, with one in four people suffering from the eye condition.

What are the symptoms of long-sightedness?1

Long-sightedness makes it difficult to clearly see things close to you, and can interfere with day-to-day activities such as reading, writing and other close-up tasks. If untreated people can experience eye strain, headaches and fatigue.

Diagnosing long-sightedness1

The Optometrist will perform a series of tests, including retinoscopy which is a good technique to find refractive error. These examinations can be conducted without using eye drops to determine how the eyes respond under normal seeing conditions.

If you suspect you are long-sighted, head to our MyACUVUE® page to sign-up to the app and find your closest Optometrist for an eye test.


Most people who are long-sighted are able to correct their vision with glasses or contact lenses. Some contact lenses are shaped to focus light correctly on your retina, helping you see clearly without glasses both up close and at a distance.

Talk to your Optometrist if ACUVUE® Contact Lenses for long-sightedness are right for you.

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Important information for contact lens wearers: ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses are available by prescription only for vision correction. An eye care professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens care instructions provided by your optometrist. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, contact your optometrist immediately. For more information on proper wear, care and safety, talk to your optometrist and ask for a Patient Instruction Guide or call the ACUVUE® Support Team on 1800 736 912.