Nearsighted vs farsighted: What’s the difference?

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You would probably be surprised how many people actually don’t even know what the difference is between being nearsighted and farsighted. Many people go in for their eye exam in North Arlington every few years (even though it is recommended for many people to go annually) and it has been so long since their first prescription, that they can’t even remember what their eye doctor told them about their vision. These types of eye problems, nearsightedness and farsightedness, are the most common that exist in America, so maybe it’s time we learn a bit about the difference between them.

So, let’s get to the question, what is the difference between being nearsighted and farsighted?

Well, for one they are both refractive conditions. This means that both of these vision deficiencies relate to how the light is focused as it enters into the eye. A person with good vision, would have eyes that in which the light entered and was perfectly focused within the lining of the eye, the retina, which is responsible for detecting the light we see.

Even if you had known at some point whether or not you were nearsighted or farsighted, you maybe have forgotten or gotten confused, seeing as, they actually can be construed as the opposite of what many people think they mean. Nearsighted means that your natural and uncorrected vision allows you to see closer, or nearer, but when you look into the distance, or further, things become blurry. This happens when the physical length of the eye is greater than the optical length. It is common for this type of vision defect to develop in children and continue to worsen over time as they grow. Simply put, if you are nearsighted, you can see better up close than you can far away. Near objects are clear, and objects in the distance are blurred.

For being farsighted, it is the opposite of nearsighted. Farsightedness implies that one is able to see further better than nearer, in that there is a defect where closer objects appear to be blurry. This typically happens because of the eyeball being too short, or other parts of the eye may have defected curvature, or the eye may have a flat cornea. Generally, farsightedness is already present from birth, but many children actually outgrow this condition. Whether diagnosed with nearsightedness, or farsightedness, the fix is easy with a prescription for glasses or contacts, or there is even the option of LASIK.

If you are having trouble with your vision and think that it may be time for an eye exam, you are probably looking for a trusted eye doctor in Arlington. Look no further. Here at First Eye Care, our trusted team of vision and eye care experts are ready and excited to meet you. Contact us today, and let us help you start seeing things a bit more clearly.

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