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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Her indictment of the industry’s myopia and insularity, preaching connectivity while abetting the fracturing of America, is close-up and personal. The Atlantic Culture Desk, The Atlantic, "The Books Briefing: The Best Books of 2020," 25 Dec. 2020 As always, Colman is an understated joy, bringing crack timing and wit to a character capable of great perception and disastrous myopia. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: New season of ‘The Crown’ is packed with TV riches," 13 Nov. 2020 Hartley said there may be some myopia with the constant focus on the pandemic and economy. cleveland, "With Election Day approaching, here’s what you need to know about the presidential election in Ohio," 1 Nov. 2020 Britain’s myopia on this subject is part of a global pattern, as politicians easing lockdowns and planning economic recovery depend on outdated, stereotypical assumptions about what work is, and who does it. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Child Care Is Infrastructure," 30 June 2020 In 2018 an official survey of 1m pupils found that among those aged between 12 and 14, 72% had myopia, up from 58% in 2010. The Economist, "Hope for myopes Over 70% of 12-14 year olds in China are short-sighted," 18 Jan. 2020 Melville broke through American myopia, vanishing over many horizons, rubbing shoulders with apostates, seeing civility in savages, savagery in the civilized and ruinous obedience to mad tyrants. Carl Safina, New York Times, "Melville’s Whale Was a Warning We Failed to Heed," 2 May 2020 Treatments to address nearsightedness New treatments exist to try to slow the progression of myopia and spare children later in life. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "The number of nearsighted kids is soaring — and the reason why may not be what you think," 2 Dec. 2019 Studies point to nature helping to reduce the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, serve as a buffer to depression and anxiety, prevent or reduce obesity and myopia, and boost the immune system. Ruth A. Musgrave, National Geographic, "Playing it safe while getting cooped-up kids outside," 6 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of myopia was circa 1654

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9 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Myopia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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