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Testing Accommodation in Children

Testing Accommodation in Children
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Author(s): Ida Chung (Western University of Health Sciences, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 22
Source title: The Pediatric Eye Exam Quick Reference Guide: Office and Emergency Room Procedures
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lily Zhu-Tam (Citywide Eye Care Optometry, USA) and Ida Chung (College of Optometry, Western University of Health Sciences, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8044-8.ch010


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Accommodation disorders are associated with a host of etiologies. Children with accommodative disorders can present with various symptoms including blur, fluctuating vision, eye pain, burning sensation, tired eyes, asthenopia, headaches, fatigue with near work, and excessive rubbing, blinking, or tearing. This chapter provides an overview of accommodation testing on pediatric patients in the clinical setting. The author describes the indications for accommodation testing and provides clinical pearls for testing accommodative function in children. The chapter covers the specific tests, equipment required, and step-by-step procedures for testing accommodative amplitude, accommodative response, and accommodative facility.

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