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Difficulty Seeing
Nearby Objects

If you have difficulty focussing on nearby objects, then it is
likely you are long-sighted. Being
long-sighted is also known as hyperopia.

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Signs you might be

If you have difficulty focussing on nearby objects then it is likely you are long-sighted.

You might notice you have a problem if you hold your book or a mobile phone at arm's length in order that it comes into focus better.

Other common symptoms of hyperopia include squinting, eyestrain and headaches.

Signs you might be

Presbyopia, or age-related long-sightedness, is a common problem when people reach their 40s. As the crystalline lens becomes less flexible, you'll find the eye struggles to focus on nearby objects. As the ability to see objects close up deteriorates, an increase in headaches is also a symptom.


People who can’t focus on nearby objects often suffer from one of two eye conditions: long-sightedness or presbyopia.

While the two conditions stem from the same refractive error and have similar symptoms, there are some distinct differences. If you suspect you may have a problem, then book an appointment for an eye examination.

Both result from what’s known as a ‘refractive error’. An unusually-shaped eyeball or cornea leads to problems focussing light rays. Instead of bending directly onto the retina, rays focus behind it, making distances appear blurred.


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Quick, simple and painless, regular eye examinations can protect your vision and your health. They can help prevent conditions that could harm your vision. A general eye examination only takes around half an hour.