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[mahy-oh-pee-uh] /maɪˈoʊ pi ə/

Ophthalmology. a condition of the eye in which parallel rays are focused in front of the retina, objects being seen distinctly only when near to the eye; nearsightedness (opposed to ).
lack of foresight or discernment; obtuseness.
narrow-mindedness; intolerance.
inability to see distant objects clearly because the images are focused in front of the retina; short-sightedness

“short-sightedness,” 1727, medical Latin, from Late Greek myopia “near-sightedness,” from myops “near-sighted,” literally “closing the eyes,” from myein “to shut” (see mute (adj.)) + ops (genitive opos) “eye” (see eye (n.)).

myopia my·o·pi·a (mī-ō’pē-ə)

Abbr. M, My A visual defect in which distant objects appear blurred because their images are focused in front of the retina rather than on it; nearsightedness; shortsightedness.
my·op’ic (-ŏp’ĭk, -ō’pĭk) adj.

A defect of the eye that causes light to focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it, resulting in an inability to see distant objects clearly. Myopia is often caused by an elongated eyeball or a misshapen lens. Also called nearsightedness. Compare hyperopia.
myopia [(meye-oh-pee-uh)]

Nearsightedness. Myopia is a visual defect in which light that enters the eye is focused in front of the retina rather than directly on it, so that distant objects appear blurred. Myopia can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or LASIK.

Note: The term is often used to indicate an inability to see into the future: “The new policy is incredibly myopic, and puts future generations at a great disadvantage for the sake of a few short-term gains.”


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