Myopia vs. hyperopia: differences and right glasses

Lensmart 2023-09-01 15:52:03

Myopia and hyperopia are two common types of eye conditions that result in vision problems. People who suffer from these conditions need to wear prescription glasses that would correct their vision. The severity of the vision impairment can vary from very mild to not being able to function properly without wearing corrective lenses.

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Myopia vs. Hyperopia: What Are the Differences?

The main difference between myopia and hyperopia is the location of where objects are in focus. People with myopia, who are described as nearsighted, can see nearby objects clearly but those at a distance appear blurry. 

Hyperopia, on the other hand, is also called farsightedness because people with this condition can see faraway objects clearly and closer objects, not so much.

The reason usually lies in the shape of the eyeball. Myopia, which is about four times more common, usually occurs when the eyeball is elongated from front to back. It typically begins during childhood and gets worse until it reaches a point of stabilization sometime during the adult years. 

Hyperopia develops when the eyeball is too short. It is interesting to note that most people are actually born with hyperopia but the condition usually disappears as they progress through childhood.

Myopia's Symptoms

Aside from the blurriness of distant objects, other signs of a possible case of myopia include constant eye strain, headaches, and the need to squint or make the eyes narrower in order to see more clearly. Low-grade myopia does not really need prescription glasses but if the condition progressively gets worse, it is best to get fitted with prescription glasses so you can function better.

Hyperopia's Symptoms

In hyperopia, similar symptoms can also occur like headaches and eye strain. You might also need to squint in order to see well. Oftentimes, a person with hyperopia will feel discomfort in or around the eyes after doing a lot of work up close, like reading a book, using the computer, drawing, embroidery, or other similar activities.

Best Glasses for Myopia

Choosing the best glasses for myopia would depend on several factors. If you have high myopia, you might need thicker lenses, so a pair of glasses with thick frames would be the most practical choice. If you also have a prescription for reading in addition to the myopia, you would need bifocals and for this, a larger frame like oversized glasses would make more sense. Here are some of our best picks for myopia.

1.Harrison - Aviator Glasses

Harrison: Aviator Shadow-Light/Grey Glasses

The large size of the frames of the Harrison aviator glasses makes them an ideal choice for nearsighted men who also have a reading prescription. There is ample space to comfortably shift from different visions without getting a headache. Also, the varying shades of gray on the frame and the arms of the glasses give it a chic, contemporary look that is perfect for the modern man.

2.Frode - Square Glasses

Frode: Square Tortoiseshell Glasses

For the women, we have chosen the Frode square glasses as our top pick. Again, the frame is just the right size for corrective lenses, allowing you to see clearly all around. We also love the tortoiseshell pattern on the frame, which gives it more elegance. The metal frame might seem fragile but it is actually made of durable metal and can hold even high grade lenses.

Best Glasses for Hyperopia

Like with myopia, the best glasses for hyperopia would depend on whether you have other eye conditions that need to be addressed, like reading or astigmatism. But in general, farsighted people benefit greatly from blue light glasses, especially if they work on the computer a lot. Close-up work can be stressful for hyperopia and these filters can ease the stress on the eye. In any case, here are some of the glasses that would be great for hyperopia.

1.Bryce - Rectangle Glasses

Bryce: Rectangle Black Glasses

The solid black frame of Bryce eyeglasses presents a no-nonsense appearance, making it clear to everyone who the boss is. It actually looks more like fashion eyewear rather than prescription glasses, and no one would suspect at all that you have vision problems. The classic style and shape of this pair go very easily with any outfit.

2.Jorge - Oval Glasses

Jorge: Oval Blue-Brown/Stripes Glasses

This is not a typical choice of eyeglasses especially if you just want to blend in and disappear into the crowd. Quite the contrary, these Jorge eyeglasses will make you stand out like the fashionable woman that you are. Hyperopia or not, you should always look your best, and wearing these oval glasses is one of the ways to do it.


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