The Differences Between Nearsightedness and Farsightedness

The Differences Between Nearsightedness and Farsightedness

If you have been recently diagnosed with either of these conditions, you may have some questions as to what these medical conditions actually mean in terms of eye functionality. Many people who have lived with these conditions are unaware as to why they affect their eyesight. Getting your eyes checked regularly will ensure that these issues are corrected with lenses that are accurate to your precise specifications.

Nearsighted Farsighted - Kelowna Optometrist | iSight OptometrySo What is Nearsightedness (Myopia) and Farsightedness (Hyperopia)?

Myopia is a common condition afflicting 30 to 40% of people on average, where the eye is not perfectly formed, often being too long causing the light to focus in front of the retina, instead of directly onto it. Age, cataracts, and pharmaceuticals may also play a part in the forming of myopia. This condition is most commonly corrected by using glasses or contact lenses that redirect the light to the correct location in the eye, however some patients may opt for laser eye treatment to correct the issue.

Farsightedness is the inverse of nearsightedness, where the light is instead focused behind the retina. Both of these problems make it difficult to focus on objects either close to (in the case of farsightedness) or far from (in the case of nearsightedness) of the eye. Both conditions affect the refractive conditions of the eye, however they are still distinct in how they form and how they affect eyesight. Our opticians are focused on finding your perfect prescription, so no matter if you are wearing contacts or glasses, you will be able to see objects clearly at either distance.

Call iSight Optometry today to book yourself in for a comprehensive eye exam. We will find your perfect fit and get your vision working for you!