Your distance and near vision are blurred

Long-sightedness - what is it?

Long-sightedness, or hyperopia, is common in the general population.

Hyperopia means that the eye is not focused in front of the face, and so distance vision as well as near vision are blurred.

Hyperopia requires the use of glasses or contact lenses to see at all distances.

Watch this video on hyperopia (long-sightedness)

Long-sightedness - causes and diagnosis

Hyperopia, or long-sightedness, is when the eye is too short. This causes light to be focused behind the retina.

We can diagnose and examine long-sightedness by performing a comprehensive eye examination which includes a refraction assessment and an eye health exam.

Long-sightedness - treatment

The most appropriate treatment option for you will depend on several factors. These include:

  • Your exact spectacle prescription
  • The precise clinical examination findings,
  • Your age
  • Your job
  • Your hobbies
  • If you have any other eye conditions or issues

Depending on the outcome of your examination we will consider the following treatments:

  • Laser vision correction
  • Phakic lens implants
  • Refractive lens exchange with a choice of lens implant options

Long-sightedness - FAQs

I’ve been told that I’m not suitable for laser correction. Can something else be done?

A thorough examination and further testing will allow appropriate recommendations be made. This may be that no treatment is undertaken, or alternatives to laser may be discussed.

I have hyperopia in both eyes but a cataract in only one eye. Can the cataract be treated?

Yes, the cataract can be treated. Afterwards, if you feel an imbalance between the eyes, it may be necessary to perform a lens exchange operation for the second eye in order to restore the balance of the eyes.

Discover the number one mistake patients make when choosing cataract surgery

Most people have cataract surgery without knowing about all the options they actually have surrounding cataract surgery. Unfortunately, most people only find this out after having cataract surgery. The information in this Wales Cataract Guide could save you frustration and worry. Simply click the button below to give us your email and we’ll send you this life changing guide:

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Who might need our treatment?

You’re over 45 and would love to read again without glasses

Unfortunately, reading glasses or varifocals get in the way of many of the things you most enjoy. Yes, spectacles help, but they are annoying little appendages that you lose or must clean to see clearly.

If you feel annoyed, anxious and limited by reading glasses or varifocal spectacles, we can help. Don’t let your favourite hobbies become tiring chores.

Be free from reading specs for good. Experience the liberation from squinting and headaches that you might have already begun to accept as part of life.

Instead, look forward to enjoying everything that your vision has to offer. Whether you enjoy reading, gardening, or the great outdoors, everything looks better when your eyes see as young as you feel.

Get a new lease on life. Contact us today and take the first step towards a better life.

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Your vision is yellowing, duller, and cataracts are forming.

The effect on your life can vary from being slightly frustrating, through to significantly affecting your ability to function independently, or even causing a devastating reduction in vision.

Before you developed cataracts, you were living a full life. You may enjoy the outdoors, have indoor hobbies or enjoy travelling. Or, perhaps you have finished working and are now taking the time to enjoy everything you may have missed when you were busy making a living.

Sadly, your eyes now dull the shine of life’s beautiful landscape. The trees, the flowers and even the sky don’t seem as bright as they used to look.

Get your life back without the compromise. Experience what life used to look like. Even better, if you’ve worn glasses or contact lenses, discover the incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that modern cataract surgery affords.

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Hear from our patients

With over 6300+ surgeries performed hear from just a few of my happy patients.

It’s been incredibly liberating to wake up in the morning and be able to see without reaching for my glasses.

Cataract Surgery

I can go any anywhere and see anything near and far. I can see now as well as I could when I was 18 years of age which is incredible and I’m looking forward to clear vision for the rest of my life.

Kevin Taylor
Cataract Surgery

“No. 1 – My advice would be do it. No. 2 – See Mohammed if you can. I made the decision to not go down the NHS route because I wanted to see the best consultant – probably in the UK… It was absolutely worth it… because you can’t really put a price on your sight.”

Martin Harris
Cataract Surgery & Keratoconus Treatment

“I don’t wear glasses at all now. I don’t need them. I was impressed by his professionalism, his calmness. He explained everything clearly and in layman’s language… I would say to anyone considering treatment: just do it. Don’t be afraid of it. It’s painless and it works.”

Martin Power
Refractive Cataract Surgery with multifocal toric lenses

“I can’t speak highly enough of (Prof Muhtaseb). Nothing was too much trouble, you could phone anytime, day or night. I wish I had done it when I first started wearing reading glasses and just gone to Prof Muhtaseb then and got it done. I would do it all over again, but do it much faster.”

Ann Edworthy
Refractive Cataract Surgery & Piggyback Lenses

“I would definitely recommend the professor. I think his approach is perfect! If you have any anxieties at all – just check with someone who’s had the procedure done. I had no pain at all. I expected a little bit of discomfort – but no pain, that was good. It’s life-enhancing and that’s not something you can put clearly enough. I didn’t realise how green the trees were! It’s lovely!”

Sue Sargeant
Cataract Surgery with a Duet multifocal lens

Enjoy a life free from cataracts, glasses and contact lenses in three easy steps

Talk to us

Request your consultation online or call us on 02922 550 201 and we’ll guide you towards an initial assessment.

Meet your consultant

I’ll see you before treatment to ensure you’re a good candidate and treat you at one of my facilities in South Wales or Bristol.

Revitalise your eyes

I’ll supervise your aftercare as you begin to experience a life free of cataracts and glasses and contact lenses.

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Educate yourself further about lens replacement by reading the links below

NHS – Lens replacement vs. Laser eye surgery

The NHS has compared laser eye surgery and lens replacement, and is worth a look. Click here for more information.

Royal College of Ophthalmologists – Refractive lens exchange

This 12-page guide provides you with the benefits of refractive lens exchange, as well as the risks and alternatives. Click here for more information.

Mayo Clinic – Presbyopia

Presbyopia is a condition that can make patients undergo a lens replacement – but what exactly is it? Click here for more information.


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About the expert

Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb, FRCOphth

Consultant Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon

Based in South Wales, he is one of the very few ophthalmologists working in the UK who is a fellowship-trained specialist in Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He holds full specialist registration with the General Medical Council and was appointed as a Consultant in the NHS in 2006.