The Difference Between Nearsighted and Farsighted

Individuals experiencing trouble with their vision usually fall into one of two categories: They are either nearsighted or farsighted. As a result, these individuals will end up with glasses, contacts, or reconstructive eye surgery. Some people find it easier to see things up close and have problems seeing from far away while others have trouble seeing up close and can see things that are far away easily. The question— is which is which, and how do you go about treatment? Let’s find out.


Nearsighted individuals have no trouble seeing object close to their eyes, but experience problems when viewing things from a distance. Determining whether someone needs eyeglasses, contacts, or re-corrective surgery depends on the individual and also driving laws with the state of residence. Glasses may also be required for assistance in a number of careers from fashion design to fire-fighting.

The amount of time someone may spend wearing their glasses or contacts also varies from person to person. Some may only need to wear them for activities like watching TV, and some may need to wear them all the time and rely on them for driving safely.


An individual may have good vision when younger but can become farsighted as they get older. Farsightedness is also known as hyperopia. Most of the time this means that the eyeball is shorter than it is supposed to be, and this makes it difficult for light to come into the eye and focus on the retina.

Hyperopia can also be caused by an abnormally shaped lens or cornea. Presbyopia is caused by aging of the eyes, hyperopia can occur at any age.

Whether nearsighted or farsighted what is most important is that the right prescription is issued by a professional. If the wrong prescription is issued a person may experience migraines, nausea, and dizziness.

It is possible to experience nearsightedness and farsightedness together. However, the treatments for these individuals are the same as the others. No matter the individuals need for eye treatment, we can all agree that is important to schedule regular eye-appointments.

Prescriptions can change over time so appointments should be made yearly to be kept up to date. It is also important to remember that only a professional can find any potential eye disease.

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