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My eye sights are getting weakened day by day. I cannot read / see the words nearer to my eyes. The nearer the page of a book or newspaper is to my eyes, the more the words appear hazy to me. If I move the page a little further from my eyes, then I can see clearly. The doctor said I need reading glasses.

How will a native speaker describe this naturally? Thanks
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My eyesight is getting weaker day by day. I cannot read / see the words close-up. The nearer the page of a book or newspaper is to my eyes, the more the words appear hazy to me. If I move the page a little further from my eyes, then I can see clearly. The doctor said I need reading glasses.
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More naturally? For instance:

My eyesight is getting weaker every day. I'm becoming near-sighted. The nearer the page is, the fuzzier the words are. If I move the page a little further from my eyes, then I can see it more clearly. The doctor said I need reading glasses.
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Hi Abil.

Start by saying "eye sight" in the singular, not "sights."

You are becoming more near-sighted. I'm 42. It's happening to me too. My kid will thrust something in front of me and say "See Mommy" and after I move my head back about six inches, I can say "Yes, now I can see!"

Near-sigthedness has a fancy term: presbyopia. Presbys means "old people." I don't like to be thought of as "old" at my age, so I'm going to stick with "near-sighted"!

EDIT: This should be far-sighted, not near-sighted. Please see post at the end of the thread.
Thanks Optilang, Mister Micawber and Grammar Geek.

One more question: what is the opposite of "near-sighted"? Long-sighted?

---- We are all subject to old age.
One more question: what is the opposite of "near-sighted"? Long-sighted? - Yes
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AbilOne more question: what is the opposite of "near-sighted"? Long-sighted?
In AmE we say "farsighted."
Thanks Optilang.
Dear heavens - I just realized I told you the exact opposite of what's correct.

NEAR-sighted is when you can't see far.

FAR-sighted is when you can't see near. Far-sighted is presbyoptia, and what we're talking about here.

EDIT AGAIN: Okay, apparently the "getting old and can't see stuff too close" is really not the same as far-sightedness. Please see this: http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/presbyopia.htm
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