HomeBlogThe Difference Between Nearsighted and Farsighted

If you're purchasing prescription eyeglasses, chances are it's for one of two refractive eye disorders — nearsightedness or farsightedness. For those with either of these conditions, light is refracted improperly once it enters your eyes. But the difference between the two lies in where this refraction takes place in your eye.

In those with perfect vision, also known as 20/20, light enters the eye and is focused onto the retina with no issues. The retina is a light-sensitive lining in the back of the eye that sends impulses to the brain that are perceived as visual images. When proper refraction has occurred, the world appears crystal clear.

Nearsighted vs. Farsighted

Nearsighted simply means that only near objects appear clearly. The farther away you try to see, the blurrier things become. This condition is also known as myopia. In those with nearsightedness, after light is refracted in your eye, it’s sent to the wrong spot before the retina.

Those who are farsighted have the exact opposite problem. They are fine seeing things far away, but when they’re closer, it becomes hard to see clearly. Those with farsightedness often find it difficult to read. Another name for this is hyperopia. This condition is caused when light is refracted somewhere beyond the retina.

Buying Prescription Eyeglasses at EyeBuyDirect

Whether you’re nearsighted or farsighted, you can buy your prescription eyeglasses at EyeBuyDirect. If it’s quality and convenience you’re looking for, we make shopping for prescription eyewear a cinch. With an extensive selection of stylish frames, you don’t need to go to an optician or glasses retailer.

When you’ve made your choice, simply enter your prescription and choose the type of lenses you want. We offer light adjusting lenses, tinted, and digital screen protection which protect against blue light.

If you’re ready to find new prescription eyeglasses, browse our catalog today. You’ll be pleased with the choices and even happier about the price.