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[[Image:Focus in an eye.svg|thumb|325px|Light from a single point of a distant object and light from a single point of a near object being brought to a focus by changing the curvature of the lens.]]
 
 
'''Accommodation''' is the process by which the [[:eye]] increases [[optical power]] to maintain a clear image ([[focus (optics)|focus]]) on the [[retina]].<ref>Cassin, B. and Solomon, S. ''Dictionary of Eye Terminology''. Gainsville, Florida: Triad Publishing Company, 1990.</ref> The principal focusing ability of the (terrestrial) eye is due to the difference in [[refractive index]] between [[air]] and the curved [[cornea]], but the variable curvature of the [[lens (anatomy)|lens]] allows for an additional adjustment. This varies from a maximum of over 15 [[dioptre|diopters]] in an [[infant]] to only about 1.5 diopters in a person 70 years old, as the lens becomes less [[flexibility|flexible]] with [[senescence|age]].{{fact}}
 
 
==Theories of mechanism==
 
 
*'''Helmholtz''' - [[Hermann von Helmholtz]] proposed his theory of accommodation in the middle of the 19th century. When viewing a far object, the circularly arranged [[ciliary muscle]] relaxes causing the [[Lens (anatomy)|lens]] [[Zonule of Zinn|zonules]] and suspensory ligaments to pull on the lens, flattening it. The source of the tension is the pressure that the vitreous and aqueous humours exert outwards onto the [[sclera]]. When viewing a near object, the ciliary muscles contract (resisting the outward pressure on the sclera) causing the lens zonules to slacken which allows the lens to spring back into a thicker, more convex, form.
 
 
*'''Bates''' - In [[1920]], [[William Bates]] stated in ''[[wikisource:Perfect Sight Without Glasses|Perfect Sight Without Glasses]]'' that the contraction of two [[extraocular muscles]], the [[superior oblique muscle|superior]] and [[inferior oblique muscle|inferior oblique]]s, were responsible for accommodation.<ref>http://www.iblindness.org/books/bates/ch4.html</ref>
 
 
*'''Schachar''' - [[Ronald Schachar]] argues that, in opposition to Helmholtz's theory, the ciliary muscle actually pulls on the crystalline lens' equator in an outwardly radial manner, and the consequent changes in lens shape increase the lens power. Counterintuitive indeed, this pulling reportedly steepens central curvature and flattens peripheral curvature. He goes further to explain that it is not sclerosing or stiffening of the crystalline lens that linearly reduces accommodative amplitude, rather that age-related increase in lens diameter reduces the space between ciliary body and lens, linearly reducing the effectivity of the ciliary body's effect on lens dynamics. The surgical reversal of presbyopia "Scleral Expansion Band" technique and its success supports such a theory.
 
 
==Accommodative dysfunction==
 
[[Sir Stewart Duke-Elder|Duke-Elder]] classfied a number of accommodative dysfunctions:<ref name="Duke-Elder">Duke-Elder, Sir Stewart (1969). ''The Practice of Refraction'' (8th ed.). St. Louis: The C.V. Mosby Company. ISBN 0-7000-1410-1.</ref>
 
*[[Addommodative insufficiency]]
 
*Ill-sustained accommodation
 
*[[Accommodative infacility]]
 
*Paralysis of accommodation
 
*Spasm of accommodation
 
 
==See also==
 
===Disorders of accommodation===
 
*[[Esotropia|Accommodative esotropia]]
 
*[[Accommodative spasm]]/[[Accommodative excess]]
 
*[[Accommodative infacility]]
 
*[[Accommodative insufficiency]]
 
*[[Accommodative lag]]
 
*Latent [[hyperopia]]
 
*[[Presbyopia]]
 
*[[Pseudomyopia]]
 
 
===Other===
 
*[[Accommodation reflex]]
 
*[[Amplitude of accommodation]]
 
*[[Cycloplegia]]
 
*[[Cyclospasm]]
 
*[[Edinger-Westphal nucleus]]
 
*[[Negative relative accommodation]]
 
*[[Positive relative accommodation]]
 
 
==References & Bibliography==
 
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==External links==
 
*[http://www.indiana.edu/~v755/acc/acctx.htm Indiana University School of Optometry]
 
 
 
[[Category:Eye]]
 
[[Category:Ophthalmology]]
 
 
 
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