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Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1993 Jun;34(7):2382-7.

Reduced accommodation in children with Down syndrome.

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Department of Optometry, University of Wales College of Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
8505220
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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