Definition of tunnel vision in English:

tunnel vision

noun

  • 1Defective sight in which objects cannot be properly seen if not close to the center of the field of view.

    • ‘My biggest shock was I couldn't see properly, I had very blurred tunnel vision, and worse than that, I couldn't speak.’
    • ‘Night blindness develops, usually in childhood, followed by loss of peripheral visual field, progressing over many years to tunnel vision and finally blindness.’
    • ‘Pressure from excess fluid or improper drainage damages the optic nerve and can lead to tunnel vision, loss of peripheral vision, or blindness.’
    • ‘I suggest you try them before you spend your money, as some coloured lenses give you a sense of tunnel vision which is very uncomfortable.’
    • ‘Mr Flinders was registered blind after having a cataract removed, leaving him with serious tunnel vision and an inability to see objects around him,’
    • ‘We know that under life-threatening stress, the heart rate will increase, fine motor skills will deteriorate and you will suffer from tunnel vision.’
    • ‘A progressive loss of peripheral vision occurs over time, resulting in tunnel vision in late stages of the disease.’
    • ‘Now ultra-stubborn influences have subsided, symptoms of tunnel vision begin to dissipate.’
    • ‘By the fifth night he claimed it was giving him tunnel vision.’
    1. 1.1informal The tendency to focus exclusively on a single or limited goal or point of view.
      • ‘Qualifying requires tunnel vision akin to the view through a soda straw.’
      • ‘A tunnel vision approach to reducing unplanned pregnancy may do nothing to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and can increase it.’
      • ‘‘Our emphasis on multi-skilling and taking the initiative prevents tunnel vision in our operators,’ he says.’
      • ‘However, tunnel vision seems to have no effect when you return from a shopping trip and there is ice cream/chocolate/crisps to be found.’
      • ‘They avoid tunnel vision; they do not focus too narrowly on the administration of the individual business firm and the individual household.’
      • ‘While I understand that you are a more experienced writer, the tendency for this tunnel vision is a human one.’
      • ‘That move alienated many people on Wall Street, who have tunnel vision about the current quarter and year.’
      • ‘While it may distract from your tunnel vision, it's wise to think ahead.’
      • ‘They can suffer from terminal enthusiasm for their subject, with the complication of single-mindedness bordering on tunnel vision.’
      • ‘Well I'm trying not to succumb to tunnel vision by only limiting the field of inquiry to a particular area.’
      • ‘We are handy as a regional centre and we don't have tunnel vision.’
      • ‘We should address all the challenges concurrently and not just focus on some areas in a tunnel vision fashion.’
      • ‘A lot of practitioners who've had their firms for 20 years or more can get tunnel vision.’
      • ‘The fixation on profits and productivity created tunnel vision oblivious to historic money and credit excess.’
      • ‘They don't want the public getting tunnel vision about age or race or gender or anything like that.’
      • ‘Beyond the media's tunnel vision lies the persistence of the habit of the rich world using the poor world to buttress its prejudices.’
      • ‘A teacher, whether brutally domineering or gently insistent, is still capable of suffering tunnel vision, a limited perspective of which he or she may be quite unaware.’
      • ‘The Company of Strangers can be summed up as offering a panoramic view of tunnel vision and its effect on all aspects of human life. There seems to be no place where Seabright is a stranger.’
      • ‘They reject accusations of tunnel vision and deny they are motivated by professional envy at not having got there first.’
      • ‘Her defense mechanism soon becomes tunnel vision, focused only on the money she's saved for her son's operation.’

Pronunciation:

tunnel vision

/ˈtənl ˌviZHn/