myopia

noun
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.
Recent Examples on the Web This is the definitional myopia of pros‐vs.‐cons lists like the one Darwin sketched out in his journal before getting married. The Economist, "Open Future Society doesn't think ahead but we can trick ourselves into doing better," 24 Jan. 2020 Things can always be otherwise, and there is a myopia that stems from examining all political questions through a strictly American lens. Thomas Chatterton Williams, Harper's magazine, "An Incoherent Truth," 20 Jan. 2020 These drops slow the progression of myopia without risking infection as a hard contact lens may, Epley said. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "The number of nearsighted kids is soaring — and the reason why may not be what you think," 2 Dec. 2019 But if Freud succeeded here, his myopia would seemingly prevent him from seeing others, such as Celia Paul, with the same fullness. Sophie Madeline Dess, The Atlantic, "The Conundrum of Lucian Freud’s Portraits," 4 Dec. 2019 In many parts of Asia, for instance, as many as 90 percent of children have myopia, one 2012 study found. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "The number of nearsighted kids is soaring — and the reason why may not be what you think," 2 Dec. 2019 For example, myopia, or nearsightedness, usually happens when your eyeball is too long or your cornea (the outer layer on the top of your eye) is abnormally curved, according to the Mayo Clinic. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Here’s Why You Might Get a Headache From New Glasses," 20 Nov. 2019 No level of myopia now can shield Bochy from the vision of his final day in the Giants dugout after 13 seasons. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Bruce Bochy’s final homestand: loads of nostalgia plus a desire to win more games," 22 Sep. 2019 Well, for one thing, the goose is the only character rendered with visible eyes, causing the faceless myopia of the hapless townsfolk to seem more like a general condition afflicting humanity. BostonGlobe.com, "Untitled Goose Game," 11 Oct. 2019

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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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29 Jan 2020

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“Myopia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/myopia. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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myopia

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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

myopia

noun
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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