The terms nearsightedness and farsightedness cause endless confusion.
Nearsightedness (myopia) is the easier of the two... near vision is great without glasses. Significant nearsightedness almost always requires correction. Farsightedness (hyperopia) is however not the opposite.
For a child, farsightedness means that they have to work harder to focus on near tasks - whether this requires glasses is an individual decision with an Optometrist. For someone in their 20's and 30's, farsightedness means that closer tasks may be tiring or unclear some of the time.
For the 40+ crowd, farsightedness means close tasks are typically blurry most of the time. Talk to your Optometrist about your best options to correct! Dr. j Studioeyecare.com
Good links! http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/myopia.htm http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/hyperopia.htm