Nearsightedness and farsightedness are two of the most common causes of blurred vision and two common reasons why people visit their eye doctor. However, these optical conditions are quite different and dramatically affect what a person can see. Find out which of these conditions you might be experiencing by learning about their differences:
Hyperopia is the technical term for farsightedness, which occurs because the ball of the eye is too short, causing the eye lens to focus an image too far past the retina. People who suffer from farsightedness are unable to bring close objects into focus. This means that typing, reading, watching T.V., and performing other tasks close to the face can be difficult or impossible to do without corrective eyewear. In some cases, a child’s farsightedness will decrease as they grow into their eyes.
Farsightedness is easy to repair by adding a corrective layer that lengthens the distance between the light and the retina. Additionally, advancements in LASIK eye surgery have made it easier to permanently repair farsightedness.
Nearsightedness, also known as myopia, is one of the most common causes of blurred vision. Nearsightedness occurs because entering light doesn’t reach the retina, which is located at the back of the eye. When the eye experiences a change in shape, the light will focus just short of the retina, causing a blur in vision. You might be suffering from nearsightedness if you experience blurred vision when looking at objects from a distance. If you have to squint your eyes to read a sign across the street or make out shapes across the room, you should have an eye exam.
Whether you’re suffering from farsightedness or nearsightedness, the vision specialists at Willis-Falkenberg Eye Care can help you achieve better vision acuity. With over 40 years of experience in refractive surgery and laser vision correction, Willis-Falkenberg Eye Care can help you or a loved one get the vision you deserve. Specializing in LASIK surgery, eye lid surgery, and cataract surgery, our eye doctors and LASIK surgeons provide only the highest level of quality eye care. Call us at (540) 371-2777 to make an appointment today!
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