Reduced accommodation in children with Down syndrome.

J M Woodhouse, J S Meades, S J Leat, Kathryn Saunders

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PURPOSE. To examine the accommodative accuracy and amplitude in children with Down syndrome. Accommodation is usually assumed to be good in children and is rarely measured. METHODS. A dynamic retinoscopy technique was developed that allows rapid and reliable measures of accuracy and amplitude of accommodation in infants and children. RESULTS. Use of the dynamic technique with a small sample of schoolchildren with Down syndrome shows that 80% have reduced amplitude of accommodation, in comparison to a control group of developmentally normal children. CONCLUSIONS. Optometric management of children with Down syndrome should include consideration of accommodation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2382-7
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1993


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