abnormal vision in which the rays of light are focused behind the retina, so that distant objects are seen more clearly than near ones; farsightedness
Origin of hyperopiahyper- + -opia
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 from front to back, causing images to be focused behind the retina. Also called farsightedness, hypermetropia.
top: normal eye with light focused on the retina
bottom:hyperopic eye with light focused behind the retina
- (pathology) A disorder of the vision where the eye focusses images behind the retina instead of on it, so that distant objects can be seen better than near objects.
From hyper- + -opia.