MCAT Mnemonics

MCAT Mnemonics: Myopia and Hyperopia

Ken Tao is the MedSchoolCoach expert on MCAT, and will discuss how myopia is also called nearsightedness, hyperopia is also called farsightedness, and that “need medical doctors for health children” can help you remember which is which.


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Welcome back to another episode of MCAT Mnemonic Monday. I’m Ken and I’m an MCAT expert with MedSchoolCoach. If you’ve been enjoying our videos, please make sure to hit the like button below and also subscribe to our YouTube channel. So that way you get a notification every time we release a new video.

Alright. Today, we’ve got an MCAT physics mnemonic for you, and it’s on myopia in hyperopia.

Myopia is also called nearsightedness. People with myopia are able to see objects close to them clearly, but they aren’t able to see far away objects. To correct their vision, individuals with myopia need to wear diverging lenses.

Hyperopia is also called farsightedness. These individuals are the opposite. They can see far away very clearly, but they can’t see objects close to them. So these individuals need to wear a converging lens to correct their vision.

You can see here that our mnemonic for memorizing this is: need medical doctors for healthy children.

“Need medical doctors” tells you that nearsightedness is the same as myopia and requires a diverging lens.

“For healthy children” tells you that farsightedness is the same as hyperopia and requires a converging lens.

OK, so hopefully they’ll help you keep track of whether an individual with myopia or hyperopia requires a diverging lens or a converging lens.

The last thing I want to mention today is if you’ve been having difficulties memorizing any particular topics while studying for your exam, please feel free to comment below with those topics and we’ll do our best to see if we can generate another mnemonic video on those topics.

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