Can You Be Farsighted And Nearsighted At The Same Time?

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An eye problem can happen to you at any stage in life. Hence, OPT Clinic provides eye exams in Edmonton so that you can detect your eye problems at an early stage and get it treated. The most common eye problem people experience is vision change. Some people cannot see the nearby objects clearly. While there are others, who cannot see the objects placed at a certain distance clearly. But is it possible that a person is unable to clearly see both the objects kept near to him and objects placed at a distance? Before we answer this question, let’s see what exactly is nearsightedness and farsightedness problem.

What is Nearsightedness?

Myopia or nearsightedness is the most common refractive error in which people are unable to clearly see the objects placed at a distance. When a person suffers from myopia, the eyeball becomes too long for the focusing power of the cornea and the lens. This makes the light focus on the front of the retina instead of reaching the behind surface. When the cornea or lens is too curved, it leads to myopia.

What is Farsightedness?

Hypermetropia, also known as hyperopia or farsightedness, is a refractive error in which the person is unable to see the nearby objects clearly. In this, the light which should focus on retina reaches behind on the surface. The size of the eyeball is generally shorter than normal. A misshapen cornea or lens can also cause hypermetropia.

What is Anisometropia?

Anisometropia is a refractive error where a person might have different vision power in both the eyes. This difference interferes with the normal binocular vision making it difficult for you to see. You might see an object bigger in one eye and smaller in the other. This makes your vision completely blur. Lazy eye or amblyopia is the most common outcome of anisometropia. Sometimes there is a chance that you may suffer from anisometropia from your birth itself. But as you age, the size of the lens also changes and it is a possibility that this refractive error is treated on its own.

Types of Anisometropia

  • Simple Anisometropia: Only one eye has a refractive error while the other is completely normal. The error can be myopia or hyperopia.
  • Compound Anisometropia: With this, both eyes are either myopic or hyperopic but have a difference in the power of vision.
  • Mixed Anisometropia: For Mixed Anisometropia, both eyes have a refractive error, but one eye is myopic while other is hyperopic.

So, can you be farsighted and nearsighted at the same time? Of course, yes! If you are suffering from mixed anisometropia, you can be farsighted and nearsighted at the same time. To know the exact power of both your eyes, it is important to go through an eye exam. Your optometrist will use eye dilation process to make your eye look more clear and enlarged. The good news is, OPT Clinic is providing eye exams in Edmonton at minimal cost. So, then get your eyes examined and also get the right treatment for all your eye problems with our professional optometrist in Edmonton.