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Is it rare to be nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other?


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April 20, 2012 5:59PM

It is not as common of a prescription as most of the time the two eyes are similar. There are many factors that can affect this, such as axial length (how long your eyeball is) and any injuries to the eyes, especially when younger. This condition, known as anisometropia, is not usually a concern unless the difference between the eyes is more than 4 diopters. (Source: I am an optometrist)

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For a majority of people in our country who have vision problems, yes it can be. I personally met a young boy who had glasses specifically made because he was nearsighted in his left eye and farsighted in his right. I think it is a growing issue, though, but possibly not a permanent one. Lasic (eye) surgery or time spent wearing glasses can ease this symptom, or possibly reverse it if one were to get their eyes operated on so that they may have corrected vision.