What is Nearsighted?
What does nearsighted mean?
Nearsighted is defined as being unable to see things unless they are extremely close to youobjects in the distance will appear fuzzy and unfocused, while closer objects will have more clarity.
Normally when light enters the eye, the cornea, pupil and lens (the front parts of your eye) focus that light into a tiny point that hits the retina in the back of the eye, as this diagram of a nearsighted eye shows.
However, for people who are nearsighted, the eye has grown too long from front to back. That means the image is focused into a tiny point before it hits the retina, resulting in blurry vision.
Some common symptoms of nearsightedness include:
- Inability to see distant objects or details, but ability to see closer items (like text on your smartphone or a book)
- Constant squinting for improved vision
- Eyestrain or headaches
- Difficulty seeing road signs while driving, especially at night
- Feeling fatigued or tired after driving could also be a sign of nearsightedness
- Needing to sit closer to movie screen, TV or chalkboard at school
- Excessive blinking or eye-rubbing
If you experience any of these, contact your eye doctor to have your eyes checked.
Nearsighted vs Farsighted
The difference between nearsighted and farsighted involves the shape of your eye. Nearsightedness means the eye has become too elongated, far away objects are blurry, but close-up objects are clear.
In farsightedness, the eyeball is too short, and the focal point is beyond your retina. As a result, far away objects appear clear but close-up objects are fuzzy or unclear.
Eye doctors may prescribe eyeglasses for both near and farsightedness.
How to Test if You are Nearsighted
You should consult a licensed optometrist to receive an official diagnosis.
How do Glasses Work for Nearsightedness?
Glasses and contacts adapt the curvature of the light that enters your eye to ensure that the light is focused as close to your retina as possible.
An eye doctor can examine your eyes using a phoropter to ensure that you have the right prescription for your vision correction.
The glasses style you choose all depend on your personal tastefrom cat-eye frames or retro/vintage frames to round, oval, square and rectangular. You can use this guide to find out which frames are best for your face shape.
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