from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An abnormal 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, making vision for distant objects better than for near objects; farsightedness; -- called also hypermetropia. Cf. emmetropia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as hypermetropia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. abnormal condition in which vision for distant objects is better than for near objects


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  • Consumer psychologists call it hyperopia, the medical term for farsightedness and the opposite of myopia, nearsightedness, because it's the result of people looking too far ahead.

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  • This problem has been termed hyperopia - the opposite of myopia - because it's caused by people looking too far into the future.


  • Conductive Keratoplasty or CK, as it is commonly known, is an eyesight correction method to cure vision related problems such as hyperopia, farsightedness and presbyopia.


  • Being too short-sighted, in the economic sense, is called myopia; the opposite condition, focusing too much on the future, has been dubbed "hyperopia" (the medical term for farsightedness).

  • Ran Kivetz, a marketing professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Business, calls this pattern “hyperopia,” in contrast to the “myopia” that behavioral economists traditionally investigate.

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  • Myopia includes shortsighted behaviors like overeating or failing to save for retirement; hyperopia entails, as Kivetz put it in the Journal of Consumer Research, “excessive far­sightedness and future-biased preferences, consistently delaying pleasure and overweighing necessity and virtue in local decisions.”

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  • But to overcome hyperopia and deliver that enjoyment, the commitment had to be binding.

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  • It's a vision problem that no laser surgery can cure, a hyperopia that keeps us from seeing the central source of happiness right next to us.

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  • Just as deadlines and precommitment can fight the inertia of myopia, they can also help beat hyperopia.

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  • Also, among the survivors there are some great scenes with Jack diagnosing Sawyer with hyperopia, or, farsightedness.

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  • “Consumer psychologists call it hyperopia, the medical term for farsightedness and the opposite of myopia, nearsightedness, because it’s the result of people looking too far ahead. They’re so obsessed with preparing for the future that they can’t enjoy the present, and they end up looking back sadly on all their lost opportunities for fun.�?

    The New York Times, Oversaving, a Burden for Our Times, by John Tierney, March 23, 2009

    March 24, 2009