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    glasses number?

    Hi
    If you have weak eyesight and you want to talk about the number of your glasses (even I'm not sure if we say number here or not), how should we explain it? Should we say 'my eyesight number/ my glasses number? Also if we want to ask somebody who is wearing glasses about it what should we say?

    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: glasses number?

    We actually see this question more frequently than I would guess. The fact is, we rarely have these conversations. About as much as you would ever get is, upon putting on a pair of glasses:
    "Oh, are you a bit nearsighted?"
    "No, I'm super nearsighted. Can barely see my hand in front of my face without my glasses."
    or
    "Just a little - I only wear my glasses to drive"
    or
    "No, I"m farsighted - I need reading glasses for close-up work, but that's about it."

    I actually do know how many diopters my lenses are, but that number would be meaningless to most people.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: glasses number?

    The one guy scribbles some stuff on a piece of paper. The other guy makes me glasses from the scribbles.

    People might know what their vision is, like they are 20/20 or 20/200.

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    Re: glasses number?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    We actually see this question more frequently than I would guess. The fact is, we rarely have these conversations. About as much as you would ever get is, upon putting on a pair of glasses:
    "Oh, are you a bit nearsighted?"
    "No, I'm super nearsighted. Can barely see my hand in front of my face without my glasses."
    or
    "Just a little - I only wear my glasses to drive"
    or
    "No, I"m farsighted - I need reading glasses for close-up work, but that's about it."

    I actually do know how many diopters my lenses are, but that number would be meaningless to most people.
    I heard this question a lot in India: "What number are your glasses?" I've never heard a similar question in England, France, or Ireland.

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    Re: glasses number?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I heard this question a lot in India: "What number are your glasses?" I've never heard a similar question in England, France, or Ireland.
    Thanks I needed this question. You know it's so common here to ask the others this question, especially when you see somebody has just worn glasses or is rubbing his eyes and complaining about his eyesight etc. (sometimes people just get curious )
    How about the 'diopter' that Barb used, can we use it to make a question?
    Sorry if I insist on knowing this question because it's really common, even those who are wearing glasses they sometimes mention it as well.
    Thanks
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