When someone suffers from nearsightedness or farsightedness, that person’s
eyes are not properly shaped, which means that they cannot bend light
the way they should for perfect eyesight. Both nearsightedness and farsightedness can
negatively affect vision clarity. Continue reading to find out how these different conditions impact vision.
Nearsightedness, which is also called myopia, occurs when a person either
has an eye that is too long or a cornea that curves too much. Because
of the way light hits the retina, a person who is nearsighted has difficulty
seeing objects that are far away. Without some kind of corrective lenses,
objects that are far away appear blurry. A person with
myopia can see objects that are close by without issue, however. Glasses or contacts
can improve the way the light hits the retina so a patient has no more
trouble seeing far away objects.
Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is a condition that occurs when a person’s
eyes are too short or when the corneas do not curve enough to send light
correctly to the retinas. When someone has hyperopia, he or she has trouble
seeing items that are close by, but can usually see far away objects with
no problem. The eyestrain associated with farsightedness often leads to
headaches, aching or burning eyes, and difficulty concentrating. If you
have hyperopia, your eye doctor will probably give you a prescription
for either glasses or contact lenses to correct the issue.
In addition to corrective lenses, LASIK surgery is a treatment option for
both nearsightedness and farsightedness. Dr. Mark Hornfeld of NYC can
help address these vision problems, as well as many others. Whether you
need a routine eye exam or want to talk about possible corrections for
vision ailments, Dr. Hornfeld will work with you to find the best solution
for your needs. To
learn more or to schedule an appointment, call (646) 681-3100 today.