Hy`per*me*tro"pi*a (?), Hy`per*met"ro*py (?), n. [NL. hypermetropia, fr. Gr. excessive + , , the eye. See Hypermeter.]

A condition of the eye in which, through shortness of the eyeball or fault of the refractive media, the rays of light come to a focus behind the retina; farsightedness; -- called also hyperopia. Cf. Emmetropia.

⇒ In hypermetropia, vision for distant objects, although not better absolutely, is better than that for near objects, and hence, the individual is said to be farsighted. It is corrected by the use of convex glasses.

-- Hy`per*me*trop"ic (#), a.

 

© Webster 1913.

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