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    How do we ask a person about his near-sightedness

    Hi,

    How do we ask a person how bad his near-sightedness is?(This one doesn't count. I am looking for something simpler, more colloqiual)

    For example, "how thick are your glasses?" "how bad are your glasses?" "how strong are your glasses?" Which one works?

    By the way, how do people in the U.S. or U.K. measure the degree of seriouness for near-sightedness? What unit do you use? Degree?

    Thanks!

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    Re: How do we ask a person about his near-sightedness

    Most people don't really talk about this.

    How bad are your eyes?
    How strong is your prescription/

    We use 20/xxx to describe our vision. With my contact lenses, I see 20/20 - perfectly. Without them, I'm legally blind - beyond 20/400.
    If you asked me the actual prescription for my contact lenses, I could tell you the "diopters" because it's on the lens case. I have no idea what my glasses prescription is - I just give it to the optician.

    Eyeglass prescription - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    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: How do we ask a person about his near-sightedness

    Such an exhaustive answer!

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Most people don't really talk about this.

    How bad are your eyes?
    How strong is your prescription/

    We use 20/xxx to describe our vision. With my contact lenses, I see 20/20 - perfectly. Without them, I'm legally blind - beyond 20/400.
    If you asked me the actual prescription for my contact lenses, I could tell you the "diopters" because it's on the lens case. I have no idea what my glasses prescription is - I just give it to the optician.

    Eyeglass prescription - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: How do we ask a person about his near-sightedness

    Believe it or not, I had an eye exam today.
    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: How do we ask a person about his near-sightedness

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Believe it or not, I had an eye exam today.
    How do you think you went?

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    Re: How do we ask a person about his near-sightedness

    I​'m sure there is a unit of measurement involved but all I know about my prescription is that I am -1.75 in my left eye and -2.00 in my right. That's all I need to know to order contact lenses or glasses.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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