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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Myths and Misconceptions

"If you say I am farsighted. How come I take my glasses off and can't see!'

It would be intuitive to think that if you are farsighted, you should have far- sight. The ability to see at a distance without any type of correction. This should be the case if we take the term literally. But this is not the case. As we age, the eyes ability to compensate for certain degrees of hypermetropia or farsightedness diminishes. The same is true of very high degrees of farsightedness. People that have low levels of hypermetropia can usually go without glasses until their late thirties or early forties. At this time presbyopia, or the diminished ability to focus up close sets in. This is a normal change. This is the time for reading glasses. For individuals with greater degrees of hypermetropia it might be time for progressive or bifocal glasses. This is another example of a less than perfect term.