Is his myopia severe?

EnglishBug

Senior Member
Chinese
My neighbor told me that his son was going to get a pair of glasses since he was a little short-sighted. I wanted to know whether his myopia was severe. Are the following sentences the right way to ask the question? Thanks!
"Is his myopia severe?"
"Is he very short-sighted/myopic?"
"Does he need strong glasses?"
"Are his glasses going to be strong?"
 
  • suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    I think all of those would work for the context.

    Myopia sounds a bit technical, most people would probably ask about the glasses strength or as if he is very short-sighted rather than use the technical word, but it it not unheard of for people to say it.
     

    catlady60

    Senior Member
    English-US (New York City)
    In AE, we call a myopic person nearsighted:

    For example, a better way to ask about someone's need for eyeglasses/spectacles would be:

    Is he very nearsighted?
    Will he need a strong prescription?
    How myopic/nearsighted is he?
     
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    panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Personal response to these sentences...

    "Is his myopia severe?"
    Correct, but very clinical. The kind of question one eye specialist would ask another.

    "Is he very short-sighted?"
    Correct, and very natural.

    "Is he very myopic?"
    Correct, but clinical.

    "Does he need strong glasses?"
    Correct, and natural, although it's expressing interest in the glasses, not the boy.

    "Are his glasses going to be strong?"
    Grammatically correct, and understandable, but a very odd way to ask the question.
     

    pops91710

    Senior Member
    English, AE
    My neighbor told me that his son was going to get a pair of glasses since he was a little short-sighted. I wanted to know whether his myopia was severe. Are the following sentences the right way to ask the question? Thanks!
    "Is his myopia severe?"
    "Is he very short-sighted/myopic?"
    "Does he need strong glasses?"
    "Are his glasses going to be strong?"
    I would say near-sighted in general. Myopic is understood in certain circles.

    In AE at least short-sighted refers more to a person who lacks the ability to see problems ahead or think ahead.
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Personal response to these sentences...

    "Is his myopia severe?"
    Correct, but very clinical. The kind of question one eye specialist would ask another.

    "Is he very short-sighted?"
    Correct, and very natural.

    "Is he very myopic?"
    Correct, but clinical.

    "Does he need strong glasses?"
    Correct, and natural, although it's expressing interest in the glasses, not the boy.

    "Are his glasses going to be strong?"
    Grammatically correct, and understandable, but a very odd way to ask the question.
    I agree with panj's excellent analysis:).
     
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