At the Optometrist (eye doctor)

I wear contact lens and I’m sure a lot of you wear them or glasses, so I thought it might be nice to learn a few words and phrases you could use if you need to go to the optometrist.

contact lens (contacts) and glasses – used to correct vision

far-sighted – You are unable to see things close up, but you can see things far away.

near-sighted – You are unable to see things far away, but you can see things close up.

bifocals – glasses with 2 distinct optical powers

prescription – This is what the doctor writes so you can get either contact lens or glasses. It is for a specific power of lenses. Contact lens prescriptions are only valid for 1 year.

reading glasses – Glasses that are used for reading. You do not need a prescription for these glasses.

20/20 vision – This is the same as 6/6 vision for my metric readers. 20/20 is in feet.

Here’s a dialog you can practice which is a typical conversation one would have with an eye doctor.

Dr. – Hi, how can I help you today?
You – I’m having difficulty seeing lately.
Dr. – Do you wear glasses or contacts?
You – Yes, I do. I have contacts on right now.
Dr. – Oh, perfect. Let’s do your eye test with your lens on and see how you do. Can you read the last line?
You – No.
Dr. – Which line is the lowest you can read?
You – The 3rd line is E, A, O, M, P
Dr. – Good. However, I think your vision has gotten worse, so you’ll need to get a new prescription. Can you take your lens off and we’ll start again and see what your new prescription is?
You – Sounds great.

8 thoughts on “At the Optometrist (eye doctor)”

  1. I need your help, Yvonne. I don’t know how to use them. These are correct?
    I have week-sighted.
    I have near-sighted.
    I have astigmatism.

  2. Hi Ellie,
    I don’t think you can say I have weak-sighted. Maybe I have weak sight.
    I am near-sighted and I have an astigmatism.

    I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any questions!

  3. Thank you for your help, Yvonne 🙂 I can express about my eye sight in English from now on. 🙂
    Perhaps, “I’m weak-sighted” is correct?! 😀

    I think I have 20/30 with an astigmatism. I need to wear my glasses when I drive a car especially at night.

  4. Oh, I see. I just got it! Thanks a million, Yvonne!! 🙂 I always enjoy learning from you. 🙂

  5. I’m so glad I could help. Sorry it took so long to reply to that last question! I’ll be better now! 😉 Thanks so much for your support.

  6. Dear Yvonne,

    I need to introduce about eyewear store interior design to my student in english. Could you please help me to find out where I can get it?

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