Nearsighted and Farsighted

Nearsighted and Farsighted

Submitted by Pycraft Family… on Fri, 03/22/2019 - 9:00am

Understanding the difference between nearsighted and farsighted vision can help explain the key differences in these common vision issues. 

Individuals who experience nearsighted vision have no issue seeing items relatively close to their eyes.

The vision concerns for people who are nearsighted is when they try to see things farther away from them. Not everyone requires glasses, contacts, or corrective vision though unless your lifestyle of state driving guidelines require it. This is typical of people who are nearsighted.

It is not uncommon for people with nearsightedness to require glasses for driving, but are fine when watching TV, movies, or perform other activities. 

Farsightedness, also called hyperopia, is when people struggle seeing things closer to them. It is quite often for people with hyperopia to have no vision issues younger in life but develop this condition later in life. 

The issue is when the eyeball is shorter than it needs to be, so it is difficult for light coming into the eye to focus directly on the retina. 

For people who are farsighted, it is important that they wear the proper prescription. Wearing a wrong prescription can lead to dizziness, headaches, or nausea. 

It is possible to be nearsighted and farsighted at the same time. But corrective lenses or surgery can help alleviate these issues. 

The most important thing to do is get a comprehensive eye exam from your family eye care provider in order to be screened for these eye conditions before they become worse.