- 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).
Origin of hyperopia
Also called hy·per·me·tro·pi·a [hahy-per-mi-troh-pee-uh] /ˌhaɪ pər mɪˈtroʊ pi ə/.
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Word Origin and History for hyperopia
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.farsightedness hypermetropia
- 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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