[ hahy-per-oh-pee-uh ]
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  1. 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

First recorded in 1880–85; hyper- + -opia
  • Also called hy·per·me·tro·pi·a [hahy-per-mi-troh-pee-uh]. /ˌhaɪ pər mɪˈtroʊ pi ə/.

Other words from hyperopia

  • hy·per·op·ic [hahy-per-op-ik, -oh-pik], /ˌhaɪ pərˈɒp ɪk, -ˈoʊ pɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby hyperopia

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How to use hyperopia in a sentence

  • Again, inflammation of the eyelids, and sometimes of deeper parts of the eyeball, follows untreated hyperopia.

  • He wore spectacles to correct a slight hyperopia, and they had heavy black rims because he knew his patients expected it.

    Freudian Slip | Franklin Abel

British Dictionary definitions for hyperopia


/ (ˌhaɪpəˈrəʊpɪə) /

  1. 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 of hyperopia

  • hyperopic (ˌhaɪpəˈrɒpɪk), adjective

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Scientific definitions for hyperopia


[ hī′pə-rōpē-ə ]

  1. 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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