(short-sightedness) n. the condition in which parallel light rays are brought to a focus in front of the retina (see illustration). Closer objects are clearer as compared to distant objects. Myopia is corrected by wearing spectacles with concave lenses; contact lenses and surgery can also be used to correct myopia (see excimer laser, Lasek, lasik). Compare emmetropia, hypermetropia. —myopicadj.
Subjects: Medicine and Health — Psychology.