The terms “eyesight” and “vision” are often used interchangeably for one obvious reason—both are related to the eyes. However, they do have some distinct differences. Eye & Vision Care, your local provider of eyeglasses and contacts, discusses more below.
Eyesight refers to one’s ability to see clearly. In other words, it is something that occurs in the sensory organ. This ability varies greatly from one person to another and can change significantly as time passes. Corrective devices, such as eyeglasses and contact lenses, are worn by certain individuals with visual acuity problems to improve eyesight.
Vision, meanwhile, refers to the brain’s ability to process and analyze information regarding the object that the eyes are seeing. A good vision is when the person can identify the object through its colors and details, as well as discern its distance relative to his or her position.
Understanding Eyesight and Vision
Eye care professionals recommend that everyone should undergo an eye exam at least every two years. A person is likely to have 20/20 vision after undergoing a series of tests, which means they can perceive an object correctly at 20 feet without the aid of glasses or contacts. In that case, that person’s eyesight is fine.
However, to ensure that they have perfect vision, their eyes should work together in any situation. Then again, certain differences in lighting and the distance of the object from the person can affect each eye. This is one reason why many have difficulty recognizing individuals from afar or identify a word in a book or newspaper. Vision problems occur when they have issues using both eyes in tandem or process information.
At Eye & Vision Care, we pride ourselves on offering services for the whole family, including annual eye health and vision exams, dry eye treatments, orthokeratology and surgical management. Call us at (703) 961-9119 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Fairfax, VA, and the surrounding communities.