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[hahy-per-oh-pee-uh] /ˌhaɪ pərˈoʊ pi ə/
noun, Ophthalmology.
a condition of the eye in which parallel rays are focused behind the retina, distant objects being seen more distinctly than near ones; farsightedness (opposed to myopia).
Also called hypermetropia
[hahy-per-mi-troh-pee-uh] /ˌhaɪ pər mɪˈtroʊ pi ə/ (Show IPA)
Origin of hyperopia
First recorded in 1880-85; hyper- + -opia
Related forms
[hahy-per-op-ik, -oh-pik] /ˌhaɪ pərˈɒp ɪk, -ˈoʊ pɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hypermetropia
Historical Examples
  • Long-sight, or hypermetropia, signifies that the eyeball is too short or the lens too flat.

    How it Works Archibald Williams
  • Limits of error in the subjective and objective determination of hypermetropia.

    Schweigger on Squint C. Schweigger
  • Ophthalmoscopically with atropine the same degree of hypermetropia.

    Schweigger on Squint C. Schweigger
  • hypermetropia was found then in 47 per cent of all the cases.

    Schweigger on Squint C. Schweigger
  • Donders declares no other conclusion to be possible, than this, that the hypermetropia is the cause of the squint.

    Schweigger on Squint C. Schweigger
  • It is important to notice that Donders' theory makes convergent squint appear as almost a necessary consequence of hypermetropia.

    Schweigger on Squint C. Schweigger
  • According to this the percentage of the hypermetropia (including doubtful cases) amounts to 66 per cent.

    Schweigger on Squint C. Schweigger
  • In full acuity of vision even high degrees of hypermetropia are no trouble to children.

    Schweigger on Squint C. Schweigger
  • Asthenopia, which occurs in children in connection with hypermetropia, is nearly always accompanied by defective vision.

    Schweigger on Squint C. Schweigger
  • As a rule preponderance of the interni in hypermetropia leads eventually to convergent squint even in childhood.

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British Dictionary definitions for hypermetropia


(pathol) variants of hyperopia
Derived Forms
hypermetropic (ˌhaɪpəmɪˈtrɒpɪk), hypermetropical, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek hupermetros beyond measure (from hyper- + metron measure) + -opia


inability to see near objects clearly because the images received by the eye are focused behind the retina; long-sightedness Also called hypermetropia, hypermetropy Compare myopia, presbyopia
Derived Forms
hyperopic (ˌhaɪpəˈrɒpɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for hypermetropia



1884, Modern Latin, from hyper- + Greek ops "eye" (see eye).

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hypermetropia in Medicine

hypermetropia hy·per·me·tro·pi·a (hī'pər-mĭ-trō'pē-ə)
See hyperopia.

hyperopia hy·per·o·pi·a (hī'pə-rō'pē-ə)

Abbr. H An abnormal condition of the eye in which vision is better for distant objects than for near objects. It results from the eyeball being too short for light rays to properly focus on the retina, thus forming a blurred image. Also called farsightedness, hypermetropia.

hy'per·ope' (hī'pə-rōp') n.
hy'per·o'pic (-ō'pĭk, -ŏp'ĭk) adj.
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hypermetropia in Science

A defect of the eye that causes light to focus behind the retina instead of directly on it, resulting in an inability to see near objects clearly. Hyperopia is often caused by a shortened eyeball or a misshapen lens. Also called farsightedness. Compare myopia.
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