near·​sight·​ed·​ness | \ˈnir-ˌsī-təd-nəs \

Definition of nearsightedness 

: myopia

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The latest evidence says that near-work is not to blame for nearsightedness. CNN, "Outdoor playtime might help kids' eyesight," 3 Oct. 2017 In his case, this included muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, severe nearsightedness, hydrocephalus and intellectual disability. Joel Michael Reynolds, Time, "Gene Editing Might Mean My Brother Would’ve Never Existed," 9 Aug. 2017 Of the overall cases, 69 percent arose from simple uncorrected refractive errors, which include myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism (blurry vision up close, far away or both). By Sue Arrowsmith, miamiherald, "Children’s vision problems often go undetected, then get worse," 24 July 2017 And the Raindrop hasn’t been studied in people who years ago underwent LASIK surgery to correct nearsightedness. Lauran Neergaard, Orange County Register, "Yes, there’s new help for that bane of middle-age: blurry close-up vision," 1 Mar. 2017 The new laser procedure is designed to treat nearsightedness in patients aged 22 and older. Jacqueline Paulis, NBC News, "New Eye Surgery Holds Promise for Correcting Nearsightedness," 31 May 2017 His nearsightedness kept him from military service. Cynthia Zarin, The New Yorker, "Time Out: The Beauty of J. A. Baker’s “The Peregrine”," 14 Apr. 2017 The killing inspired decades of social-science research; the show used the case as an ideal test for the characters’ own emotional nearsightedness. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Sign Up for the Watching Newsletter," 18 Apr. 2016

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1811, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of nearsightedness 

: myopia

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