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Nearsighted vs Farsighted

Nearsighted vs Farsighted

Nearsightedness and farsightedness are two of the most common vision conditions treated here at Kopolow & Girisgen Doctors of Optometry of Las Vegas. While both are refractive errors, the causes and effects of these conditions are very different. Read on to learn more about the differences and the variety of treatment options available today.

What Is Nearsightedness?

Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, is a condition where the eye refracts light ahead of the retina. The result is the patient is able to clearly see objects up close, but objects in the distance appear blurry. This is typically a result of an abnormally-shaped cornea or when the eyeball itself is too long. If you are having trouble seeing at distance, it’s important that you visit your Las Vegas optometrist to ensure there aren’t any underlying eye health issues.

What Is Farsightedness?

Hyperopia, commonly known as farsightedness, is a condition where light focuses past the retina instead of directly onto the retinal surface. The result is a person who is able to clearly see objects farther away, but objects up close appear blurry. This is the result of either:

  1. Not enough curvature of the eye lens
  2. The eyeball is too short

While less common than myopia, hyperopia is a very treatable vision condition.


While these vision conditions are very different, they do share several common symptoms, including:

  • Eye strain
  • Eye fatigue
  • Squinting for clearer vision
  • Headaches

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, a comprehensive eye exam is in order. Your optometrist can establish a diagnosis and treatment options.


Both farsightedness and nearsightedness are very treatable. Once a diagnosis has been determined, your optometrist will present you with several treatment options, including:

  • Contact lenses
  • Corrective eyeglasses
  • Surgical procedures such as LASIK and PRK

Contact Las Vegas’s Most Trusted Family Optometrist

Whether you are having vision problems, suspect you might be suffering from a more severe eye condition, or simply need a comprehensive eye exam, Kopolow & Girisgen Doctors of Optometry is here for your family’s eye care needs. Call (702) 529-3145 or visit us online today to schedule your next appointment.