The Difference Between Farsightedness and Nearsightedness

The Difference Between Farsightedness and Nearsightedness

The Difference Between Farsightedness and Nearsightedness

If you’re new to the world of vision troubles and have just been diagnosed as being either farsighted or nearsighted, you’ve probably got some questions about what your diagnosis means. First of all, what’s the difference between the two conditions?

It can be difficult to know what questions to ask your eye doctor when you receive a diagnosis like this. Hopefully, the information in this blog will give you a place to start in your search for answers.

The terms farsightedness and nearsightedness, or hyperopia and myopia, are confusing in and of themselves.

Does being farsighted mean you’re really good at seeing things far away? Does being nearsighted mean you’re an excellent reader?

Not exactly.

Today we’ll discuss what, exactly, these conditions are in addition to explaining the difference between farsightedness and nearsightedness.

What Is Farsightedness?

Though you may think that having farsightedness, or hyperopia, means that you can see far away, it actually means that it’s difficult to see things that are close.

The light falls behind the retina instead of on it.

About 10 percent of Americans have hyperopia. Folks suffering from farsightedness can see distant objects well but focusing on a book or map is difficult. Up-close objects appear blurry.

Farsightedness comes on when there is a problem in the eye such as a lens that just isn’t round enough or an eyeball that is too short. As farsightedness is usually the symptom of an imperfect eye, the root cause is typically due to genetics. But, sinus infections, injuries and migraines can all be effects of hyperopia.

You can usually treat farsightedness with corrective lenses. Keep close tabs on the condition, as it is a risk factor for both glaucoma and crossed eyes.

However, did you know farsightedness can be improved naturally with eye vitamins, like those found in our Ocu-Plus Formula? Containing 17 of the most essential vitamins, minerals, and herbs for vision health, the daily supplement will strengthen your vision and help to prevent more serious vision problems in the future.

If you are already having vision problems, there is an even greater chance that you will develop more serious vision problems as you age. Check out the best eye vitamins to treat farsightedness.

What Is Nearsightedness?

Nearsightedness does not mean that you’re able to see things that are near really well.

Nearsightedness, or myopia (or shortsightedness), actually means that seeing things at a distance is difficult for you. You may be able to read books with no problem but street signs that are far away appear blurry to you. Way more Americans suffer from myopia than hyperopia – about 40 percent.

Nearsightedness occurs when the light is not falling directly on your eye’s retina but in front of it. The symptoms occur due to a number of factors from genetic malformations to pharmaceuticals, aging and cataracts.

You can usually treat nearsightedness with corrective lenses and sometimes LASIK surgery. But just like farsightedness, nearsightedness can be improved naturally with eye vitamins.

No matter what your age is at the moment, these eye vitamins can help you to improve your vision. Corrective lenses only correct the symptoms while you are wearing them. Vitamins can improve the way your eyes work so that you can correct the problem not the symptoms.

How Do Farsightedness and Nearsightedness Differ?

Farsightedness and nearsightedness are both conditions that affect our eyes’ ability to see objects clearly. With farsightedness, the light falls behind the retina and with nearsightedness, the light falls in front of the retina.

Farsightedness makes it difficult to see objects that are close-up. Nearsightedness makes it difficult to see objects from a distance. Farsightedness occurs due to an imperfection in the eye and is usually genetic. Nearsightedness occurs because of any number of factors and has many different degrees of severity.

How Are Farsightedness and Nearsightedness the Same?

Both hyperopia and myopia have the ability to improve with eye vitamins that strengthen the muscles and help your eyes to focus properly over time. In the past, doctors would simply prescribe people with nearsightedness or farsightedness corrective lenses.

The problem with this is that the name is deceiving. The lenses do not actually correct the problem with your vision. When you take the glasses off or the contacts out, the problem still remains.

Research into methods that will actually correct the vision problems in the eye itself are a more recent development. Many studies have been done on the effectiveness a healthy diet has in correcting or strengthening the eyes to function correctly. Not surprisingly, it is proven over and over again that people will see significant improvements in their vision just by eating well and exercising.

Many of our customers have reported good results with the vitamins that we provide. We do have to warn you that the Ocu-Plus Formula is not an overnight cure for vision problems. As with any other eye vitamin supplement, it takes time to see noticeable improvements. But, once you start seeing the improvements, they’ll make a world of difference.

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  1. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Jobeth Oftana says:

    This article is so informative! Thank u!

  2. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Anonymous says:

    Always took pride in my 20/20 until today, I hit 40 in a month and found out I’m now 20/25 near sighted myopia

  3. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Anonymous says:

    it is very usefull to us . thanks

  4. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Robin says:

    I see far with one eye .. and near with the other … is this weird how do i fix this

  5. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Mikel M. Louder says:

    What do they consider it, when you don’t see small things clearly regardless of the distance? Close or far, if something is small, I cannot see it clearly. Obviously it seems to be farsightedness, because books, maps, magazines newspapers are small print. I can’t read road signs that are small either (ie street corner signs with street names).

    Going by the backwardness of eyesightedness, I’d call myself largesighted or having largesightedness.

  6. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Anonymous says:

    Very informative!

  7. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Anonymous says:

    I’m doing same thing right now , it’s like a little bit of double vision

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Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics (just like his brother) with the dream of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he joined Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent nearly two decades studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.

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