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