Nearsighted vs. Farsighted: What’s the Difference?
According to the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute, both nearsightedness and farsightedness are refractive conditions in the eye – which is probably why so many people seem to confuse the two. This means that your eye has problems that are directly related not only to light, but to specifically how light is focused as it enters the lens of your eye.
In the absolute best case scenario, when light enters your eye, it is perfectly focused on your retina. That light is completely balanced and the eye acts accordingly, sending visual information to your brain that represents a totally clear field of view. If you just read that description and thought to yourself “gee, that sounds kind of familiar, I wonder when that stopped happening” – don’t worry, it probably hasn’t happened since your 20s and you’re far from alone.
But understanding the difference between these two conditions is one thing – understanding what you can do about them is something else entirely. That particular task requires you to keep a few key things in mind.
Nearsighted vs Farsighted: What You Need to Know
Nearsightedness and farsightedness occur when the above process doesn’t happen exactly how it should. Nearsightedness, also commonly referred to as myopia, happens when there is a refractive defect on your eye’s lens. Basically, an image is being formed in front of the retina and not directly on it. When this happens, you have absolutely no problem seeing subjects that are closer or very near to your face, but as you start to look at things that are farther away, they tend to get blurry.
If you have absolutely no problem focusing on something like a book or the screen of your computer, but whenever you take a look around your room you have difficulty seeing something like the time on a clock or the temperature on your thermostat, the chances are high that you’re nearsighted.
Farsightedness, formally known as hyperopia, is the exact opposite situation. In this type of situation it is the closer objects that would appear blurry and the farther objects that would appear perfectly in focus. If you have zero trouble seeing objects that are far away but struggle to read your favorite book or magazine, you’re likely farsighted.
Beyond the fact that your vision is being affected in some way, there are other signs and symptoms of both nearsightedness and farsightedness that you should concern yourself with, too. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of farsightedness in particular can include, but are certainly not limited to, ones like:
- You need to squint to see clearly, with this need to squint increasing as time goes on.
- You regularly experience some type of eye strain, which can (unfortunately) include things like burning eyes or aching around the eyes, as you go about your day.
- Your level of eye discomfort is either gradually or quickly increasing. After conducting close tasks for a long period of time, you may start to get a headache or even neck pain that is directly related. This can happen when you complete tasks like working at your computer, reading, drawing or even writing.
Again – you’re certainly not alone in this one. Not only do vision problems become more and more common as you approach your 40th birthday, but these types of conditions affect millions upon millions of people every single year.
Thankfully, however, there are certainly things that you can do about it to correct the issue as well as possible.
The Benefits of Adjustable Focus Reading Glasses
If you asked people struggling with nearsightedness and farsightedness what their biggest inconvenience is, they would likely tell you about how they feel like they’re losing control of their own vision. It’s getting difficult to complete even the simplest of tasks without having to make compromises, which isn’t exactly a life that anyone should be forced to live.
Therefore, it makes perfect sense that options like adjustable focus reading glasses are so popular: they’re designed to give you back that superior level of control that you’re desperately lacking.
Adjustable focus reading glasses are designed using a series of two lenses that, when adjusted using the dial on the side of the glasses themselves, slide into different positions in an attempt to correct your vision. Unlike other options that use a single lens with different strengths, like progressive reading glasses, these variable focus glasses allow you to easily adjust the focus of your entire field of view just by moving the dial.
If you were trying to read a book but the text wasn’t in focus, for example, just focus on the book, slide the lens and continue to do so until clarity returns. If you then need to focus on something farther away than said book, just adjust the lens again and you’ll be ready to go. The major benefit of this over other options is that because of the specific makeup of the lens, your entire field of vision is corrected – not just what you’re looking at.
Now, it’s important to note that there are a few caveats to this. The biggest is that these types of adjustable focus reading glasses are not designed to replace your prescription eyewear. If your problem is serious enough to where you need prescription lenses, you’ll probably want to consult a doctor to ensure the right solution. But for a lot of people struggling with farsightedness and similar conditions, adjustable focus glasses are absolutely the way to go.
Adlens: Because You Shouldn’t Have to Compromise on Vision
At Adlens, we’ve designed our own UZOOM adjustable focus glasses with people exactly like you in mind. We don’t believe anything should get in the way of you leading your fullest life possible – and this is just one of the many ways that we can help make that happen.
To find out more about nearsightedness vs. farsightedness, and what is happening with your vision in general, you should always consult a medical professional. To learn more about our Adlens UZOOM adjustable focus glasses, check us out at www.adlens.com.