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    Eye sight

    Hi guys,

    can we say "His long sight or short sight is weak or strong"?

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    Re: Eye sight

    No.

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    Re: Eye sight

    Can we say "his long sight/short sight is slight/serious"?

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    Re: Eye sight

    We use the terms near sighted (has trouble seeing things that are far away) and far sighted (has trouble seeing things that are close). Either condition can range from mild to severe.

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    Re: Eye sight

    I am extremely near-sighted. Without my contact lenses in, I am legally blind.

    Since I've turned 45, I've become rather far-sighted as well. At first it was mild, but now it is moderate.

    I am severely near-sighted. I am moderately far-sighted.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 02-May-2014 at 02:46.
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    Re: Eye sight

    It looks like most of the dictionaries prefer 'farsighted' (or 'longsighted') and 'nearsighted', which is the way I use them, for hypermetropia and myopia respectively - ie. neither 'near sighted' nor 'near-sighted'.
    But I haven't checked the statistics.

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    Re: Eye sight

    A quick search of Google and Onelook suggest that all three forms are in use, but the one word form appears to the most common.

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    Re: Eye sight

    ok so what would be the correct form or sentences?

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    Re: Eye sight

    "He is mildly/moderately/severely near-sighted/far-sighted."

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Eye sight

    so can we say "His near sight or far sight is weak"?

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