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Understanding the Differences of Farsightedness and Nearsightedness

By Edited Jul 14, 2015 0 0

Understanding Nearsightedness and Farsightedness

If you’ve never experienced eyesight problems in the past and after a checkup the doctor tells you that you’re either farsighted of nearsighted you certainly have a number of questions you would like answered with the fundamental question being what the difference between farsightedness and nearsightedness is. 

There are a myriad of other question would love answered as well and the information provided here will seek to unravel each of the two conditions and what it means to your eye health. 

Let’s start by looking at the terms. These two terms are a bit perplexing. Any lay man would tend to think that the term farsighted means that you’re able to see objects that are far away clearly while nearsightedness means that you are able to perceive objects that are close to you clearly. Surprisingly this is not what the two terms mean. Below is a comprehensive analysis between farsightedness and nearsightedness. 

Defining Farsightedness… Farsightedness also known in other terms as Hyperopia actually means that you cannot focus on objects that are close to you. This basically means that instead of the light falling on the retina, it actually falls behind it. While any person suffering from this condition may not have problems focusing on objects that are far away, he or she will have problems focusing on anything that is up close. Such objects come out as being blur.

The root cause of farsightedness is a condition in the eye whereby the lens is not sufficiently round or the eyeball is incredibly short. This is known as the imperfect eye in the medical world. However, the main cause is thought to be generic although other medical conditions like severe headaches, injuries and infections have been associated with farsightedness. 

While this condition can be corrected by wearing corrective lens, it can also be addressed through eye exercises as well. As a matter of fact this is a safe and painless way to correct farsightedness since corrective lenses have been linked with glaucoma and crossed eyes. 

Defining Nearsightedness… If you’re diagnosed with nearsightedness it essential means you’re not able to see objects that are far away clearly. Unlike farsightedness you’re able to read a book but you may have difficulties reading a billboard or anything that is far from you. 

This eye conditions happens when lights falls on front of the eye’s retina instead of falling on to it directly. Various factors have been linked to Myopia (nearsightedness) including genetic variations, age related causes, cataracts and harmful drugs. 

Myopia can be addressed by corrective lenses but you can naturally improve vision through exercises of the eye the same way you would correct Hyperopia. The beauty of these exercise is that it doesn’t really matter how old you’re they can help make eyesight better. While corrective lenses only address the symptoms of farsightedness and nearsightedness, exercising actually works to permanently correct the situation. 

Is there any difference between Farsightedness and Nearsightedness?

While these two conditions may be different symptoms they have one thing in common. They affect eyesight and can even cause poor night vision. The major difference between the two is that light falls on the retina’s behind with farsightedness while it’s the exact opposite with nearsightedness. 

It’s difficult to see things that are close to you with farsightedness and difficult to clearly see object far from you when it comes to nearsightedness. While one condition can be brought about by the eye’s imperfection and is genetically inherited, the other is brought about by a myriad of factors and varies the level of severity as well.

Is There Any Similarities between Farsightedness and Nearsightedness

The closest similarity between these two eye conditions is that they can be corrected naturally. Myopia and Hyperopia seem to improve with easy eye exercises that ultimately help restore focus over a certain period of time. Back in the day, when you were diagnosed with either of these two conditions you could only use corrective lenses but research has shown that there are other natural ways to address the problem.

Like earlier stated, exhaust all natural options at your disposal before opting to use corrective lenses. This is solely because you have to wear the lenses all the time and once you remove them the problem still persists. 

Seek to find out methods that will address the eyesight problem in the eye itself before settling on any of them. Over a thousand different researches have been conducted in regards to farsightedness and nearsightedness and the most effective methods to treat the two conditions. While there have been mixed results from each of the studies, many of them seem to concur that using corrective lenses or undergoing through eye surgeries is not a lasting solution for treating Myopia and Hyperopia. They seem to agree that one of the surest ways to treat these conditions is through excising the eyes. So perfect is excising that it almost restores perfect eyesight. 

Don’t hesitate to go for an eye check if you experience unending headaches. Both Myopia and Hyperopia can be frustrating not to mention that they can greatly interfere with your daily work, driving safety, school in addition to tampering with your quality of life. Choosing to go about your daily life with faulty vision, be it nearsightedness or farsightedness, can lead to eyes strain with a possible total loss of the eyesight. It is therefore necessary to go for a diagnosis test as soon as you notice loss in focus for appropriate advice. 

In case you decide to use eyeglasses or lenses to treat any of these conditions, select them according to your lifestyle. If you have an active sports life you may be forced to go for corrective eye lenses or eyeglasses that are more comfortable. You may also consider how you appear in the eyeglasses of your choice since apart from correcting you eyesight problems; you may also want to check how you look in public.

In as much as the optometrist has to approve your choice, the decision solely lies with you. So, if you’ve been suffering from farsightedness or nearsightedness you don’t have do so in silence, go out there and seek a myriad of treatment options available. 

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