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 The political myopia was most significant in the country’s east, political analysts say. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 7 May 2022 Smith’s participation can explain the myopia of the new series. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 Though nearsightedness isn’t typically thought of as a serious health problem, high myopia can lead to damage in the central retinal area, causing retinal detachment, glaucoma, and cataracts. Emily Mullin, Wired, 30 Mar. 2022 With rates of myopia in the United States increasing from 25 percent in the early 1970s to nearly 42 percent three decades later, more children may soon be wearing such contacts. Emily Mullin, Wired, 30 Mar. 2022 Toni Morrison addressed a similar type of myopia in a 1974 essay. Nicole Acheampong, The Atlantic, 26 Mar. 2022 The initiative’s backers badly misjudged the desperation and myopia of wealthier countries, which raced to manufacturers to snatch up doses for their own people. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2022 Taken together, the new UV-IR mixing models illustrate the myopia of the old paradigm — one based solely on reductionism and effective field theory — and that may be a start. Quanta Magazine, 1 Mar. 2022 Pais and Ruck shine as portraits of corporate myopia, and Dylan Minnette and Camryn Mi-Young Kim do good work as two of the young employees who begin to doubt their corporate messiah. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Myopia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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