This is really only about formal/informal language. As a Swiss, it is easier for me to remember "short-sightedness" than "myopia". So I was wondering if there is an alternative word for "astigmatism" too. There was no context, really.Astigmatism is quite different from "short-sightedness" / "myopia".
Could you please give a full sentence (and context) in which you would use "short-sightedness" / "myopia"?
Ok, thank you. In case the word "astigmatism" does not pop into my head in casual conversation, I'll try to work my way around it... "it's faulty vision due to an unevenly curved lens of the eye"...Astigmatism is something that you don't specifically know you have unless it is diagnosed by a professional. There's not really a "common" word for it. My vision seems a little blurry.
When I take my bifocals off, I can tell that close things and far things are blurry, but I can't tell if there's an additional problem.
I'd put it down to someone having heard the term and never having seen it in writing.A glaring mistake. I've never come across it but if I were to I'd put it down to gross ignorance.
If you're seeing double (at least in American English), you probably have a much worse problem than astigmatism.
Still gross ignorance because the first thing I do if I don't understand something is look it up, not just keep using it as I think I heard it.I'd put it down to someone having heard the term and never having seen it in writing.
Optician: I'm afraid you have astigmatism, Mr Jones.
Mr Jones to Mrs Jones: The eye-doctor told me I've got a stigmatism. Wonder what that is.
How do you know when you don't understand something when you heard something that makes perfect sense? (Don't start throwing noranges at me.)Still gross ignorance because the first thing I do if I don't understand something is look it up, not just keep using it as I think I heard it.