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Definition of nearsightedness

: a condition in which the visual images come to a focus in front of the retina of the eye resulting especially in defective vision of distant objects : myopia sense 1 Myopia (nearsightedness) results when incoming light from distant objects focuses in front of the retina, usually because the eye-ball is elongated. Close vision is fine, but distance vision is poor.Consumer Reports … people who suffer from extreme nearsightedness, whose world loses its crisp edge just a few inches from their noses.— Diedtra Henderson A tiny laser beam programmed by computer vaporizes tissue to reshape the cornea, correcting nearsightedness and astigmatism in many cases.— Michael Precker

Examples of nearsightedness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The study found that there was some relationship between myopia, or nearsightedness, and intelligence, but there's a lot of other stuff going on, too. Harry Enten, CNN, 21 May 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 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 The 24-year-old was one of the first patients in the United States to undergo a new vision-correction surgery, called EVO, that uses an implantable collamer lens to treat nearsightedness. Laura Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Apr. 2022 In 2019, the FDA approved the first soft contact lens that slows the progression of myopia, or nearsightedness, in children. Emily Mullin, Wired, 30 Mar. 2022 Her nearsightedness, coupled with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, means that the overall shape and weight of a headset are not only uncomfortable but impractical. Grant Stoner, Wired, 1 Mar. 2022 For disabled designer and writer Basil Wright, looking at vivid images for more than a few seconds can cause a headache because of nearsightedness, leading them to question—does this image need to be in the rule book? Pearse Anderson, Wired, 17 Jan. 2022 The daily disposable, which hit the market in early 2020, is helping to create a profound shift in vision care for nearsightedness, technically known as myopia. Fortune, 12 Jan. 2022 See More

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1811, in the meaning defined above

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“Nearsightedness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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: myopia

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