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Definition of farsightedness

1 : the quality or state of being farsighted : the ability to anticipate and plan for the future Here was a man capable of an extraordinary farsightedness and liberality on the international scene.— John F. Burns
2 : a condition in which visual images come to a focus behind the retina of the eye and vision is better for distant than for near objects : hyperopia … in June the F.D.A. approved a new procedure … for treatment of mild to moderate farsightedness in people over 40.— Kenneth Chang

Examples of farsightedness in a Sentence

thanks to our farsightedness, we had sufficient emergency supplies when the storm knocked out our power
Recent Examples on the Web Another man with the condition required multiple eyeglass prescriptions, shifting even between nearsightedness and farsightedness in the span of a day. Joe Didonato, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Colonel de Gaulle’s farsightedness was greeted by the French military and successive governments with at the best indifference and at the worst hostility. John R. Macarthur, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 Functional vision goes way beyond simple problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, instead relating to the way the eyes function together and send visual information to the brain for processing. Melanie Savage, courant.com, 16 Aug. 2020 The system will address everything from astigmatism, to farsightedness, and nearsightedness, according to Patently Apple, which first spotted the patents. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 12 July 2020 These are simply garden-variety nearsightedness and farsightedness as well as astigmatism (distorted vision at all distances) and presbyopia, which is the loss of up-close focusing ability (hello, reading glasses!). Meryl Davids Landau, Good Housekeeping, 13 Mar. 2020 Contact lenses can be worn to correct a variety of vision conditions, such as myopia, or nearsightedness; hyperopia, or farsightedness; and astigmatism. Tiffany Yannetta, Seventeen, 26 Oct. 2018 Vann’s stewardship as editor and publisher was characterized by crusading intensity tempered with a shrewd farsightedness about the newspaper’s long-term prospects. Gene Seymour, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2018 Altitude was eminence, farsightedness, elevation—power. The Economist, 19 Dec. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of farsightedness

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Farsightedness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farsightedness. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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Medical Definition of farsightedness

1 : the quality or state of being farsighted
2 : hyperopia

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