Nearsightedness VS Farsightedness: How to Tell the Difference

The most common visual disorders include farsightedness, astigmatism, and nearsightedness. Some people may experience the three disorders at the same time. Most people find it difficult to understand the differences between nearsightedness and shortsightedness.

Nearsightedness refers to the ability to see close objects clearly, while farsightedness is the ability to see objects that are far away from you clearly.

In this article, we will discuss the differences between nearsightedness and farsightedness, and their treatment, diagnoses, and causes.

How to know if you’re farsighted or nearsighted?

To know if you are farsighted or nearsighted, you can try checking which objects appear blurry in your view. Start with ensuring your eyes are well rested by avoiding looking at screens. Closing your eyes for a short period can also help.

You can then try reading some pages in a book. If you develop a headache after reading the pages or the words appear blurry, it could mean you are farsighted.

You can also try checking out something far away from you. For example, you can try looking at posters on a wall, or signs on a street. If you cannot see the shapes and words, you may be nearsighted.

If you cannot see items that are far and near clearly, it means you are farsighted and nearsighted. In some cases, your eyes may have different conditions. It would help to visit your optometrist for an eye test if you think you have the two disorders.