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1. medical: not able to see clearly things that are far away. A less technical word for this is short-sighted.
2. formal: not thinking about what the results of your actions will be

Origin and usage

The word myopic comes from the Late Greek root word ‘myops’ meaning ‘near-sighted’ and the suffix ‘-ic’, which means ‘having to do with’. Myopic was first used in English around 1800, and its use as a figurative expression for carelessness or short-sightedness became popular around 1891.


Myopic is a word that refers to making a quick or unwise decision without considering what might happen in the future. In medicine, myopic also refers to weak eyesight, particularly having trouble seeing things that are far away. People with myopic vision usually have to wear corrective prescription eyeglasses.

A recent study has confirmed that myopic vision is a serious health concern for people all over the world, with roughly one million new cases of short-sightedness reported every week. Experts believe this number could rise as high as five million by the end of 2050.

Over half of young adults in Europe and the US have been diagnosed with myopic vision – more than twice the number of cases just 50 years ago. A surprising 90% of Asian teens and young adults are affected.

According to researchers, the alarming rise in cases of myopia is likely due to environmental factors and changes in modern lifestyle, rather than genetics. As one scientist explains, because children start school at a younger age and tend to spend more time indoors, often playing on smartphones, computers or mobile devices, they don’t get as much outside play time, which seems to help combat myopic vision.


short-sighted, shallow, foolish
View the full definition in the Macmillan Dictionary.

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