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Posted on 10-09-2017

Nearsightedness Vs Farsightedness

Vision issues such as nearsightedness and farsightedness can have a direct impact on your vision. You may struggle to see people and items, which gives you headaches. If you already wear glasses or contacts, these issues could be even more baffling.

We’re here to explain what nearsightedness and farsightedness are, as well as the contrasts between the two. Once you know more about these eye conditions, you can make the decision to see an eye doctor in Winchester MA.

man in office squinting at computer screen


Nearsightedness, which is also known as myopia, is sometimes also called shortsightedness. This is because the greater the distance of a person or item, the more difficult it is to see.

With nearsightedness, you have no vision issues with items that are right in front of you. You can use a computer or enjoy a good book anytime. Seeing road signs and people from far away presents more of a challenge, though.


Hyperopia or farsightedness is not like nearsightedness. With this condition, you have no issue differentiating objects and people that are further away. You can’t decipher details of what’s in front of you, though.

In this case, road signs present no challenge, but you often have to hold your smartphone or a book at a distance and adjust your computer monitor back farther.

What’s the Difference?

The biggest contrast between these two vision issues is the distance at which items become blurry and hard to decipher. With nearsightedness, that longer the distance the more difficult the see. Farsightedness affects the opposite, making close ranges objects difficult to see.

Both conditions can be diagnosed and treated by an eye doctor in Winchester MA. If you already wear glasses or contacts and you have nearsightedness or farsightedness, it’s time for a new prescription.

Getting Treatment at Winchester Optical, Your Eye Doctor in Winchester MA

If you’re looking for nearsightedness and farsightedness treatment, choose us at Winchester Optical. We’re your eye doctor in Winchester MA that also serves those in Melrose, Burlington, and Woburn.  

Our services list includes vision therapy, multifocal contacts, frames selection, sunglasses, computer vision treatment, hard-to-fit contacts, contact lens exams, and vision and eye exams. To learn more or book an appointment, call us at 781-729-4553 or visit us at Winchester Optical on 888 Main Street.

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