my·​o·​pia | \ mī-ˈō-pē-ə How to pronounce myopia (audio) \

Definition of myopia

1 : a condition in which the visual images come to a focus (see focus entry 1 sense 4) in front of the retina of the eye resulting especially in defective vision of distant objects : nearsightedness She wears glasses to correct her myopia.
2 : a lack of foresight or discernment : a narrow view of something … those require long-term commitments, which in our current myopia we cannot take on.— Adam Smith

Examples of myopia in a Sentence

She wears eyeglasses to correct her myopia.

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The likely culprits are the inertia and myopia of savers and retirement-plan... Jason Zweig, WSJ, "The Deal Hidden in Your 401(k)," 7 June 2019 And in August, Beijing officially cemented the ban just days after President Xi Jinping gave a speech about myopia and authorities recommended curbing video games as one of the solutions. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "China lifts video game ban but not for its biggest player," 29 Dec. 2018 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, "Everything You Need to Know About Getting Contact Lenses," 26 Oct. 2018 There’s nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lana Del Rey Shuts Down Kanye West for Supporting Trump: "You Need an Intervention as Much as He Does"," 1 Oct. 2018 Even Michael Dell, who took his computer firm private in 2013 and grumbles about the myopia of stockmarkets, is taking his firm public again, through a merger. The Economist, "Life as you know it is IPOver," 12 July 2018 Observational studies have suggested a link between education and myopia. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Highly Educated, Very Nearsighted?," 6 June 2018 But if the leaders of those organizations are blinded by their conservative politics, Weisman suffers from his own myopia. Jane Eisner,, "In the face of hate, a call to action for American Jews," 27 Mar. 2018 That said, his myopia about his franchise operation skills and tactics makes Stevie Wonder seem eagle-eyed. Jay Brinker,, "Guest TML: Mike Brown has made the Bengals the Uruguay of the NFL," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of myopia

circa 1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for myopia

New Latin, from Greek myōpia, from myōp-, myōps

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English Language Learners Definition of myopia

medical : a condition of the eye that makes it difficult to see objects that are far away


my·​o·​pia | \ mī-ˈō-pē-ə How to pronounce myopia (audio) \

Medical Definition of myopia

: a condition in which the visual images come to a focus in front of the retina of the eye because of defects in the refractive media of the eye or of abnormal length of the eyeball resulting especially in defective vision of distant objects

called also nearsightedness

— compare astigmatism sense 2, emmetropia

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