Accommodative lag using dynamic retinoscopy: age norms for school-age children

Optom Vis Sci. 2004 Dec;81(12):929-33.


Background: Nott dynamic retinoscopy (DR) is a technique that provides an objective, rapid assessment of accommodative function. Presently there are no data available regarding age norms of accommodative function for school-age children using Nott DR.

Methods: Accommodative responses were assessed in a group of 125 school-age children (4 to 15 years of age) using Nott DR. A range of accommodative demands was included [4 D (25 cm), 6 D (16.7 cm), and 10 D (10 cm)]. All the subjects had fully corrected refractive errors and a binocular visual acuity of at least 6/6.

Results: Accommodative responses were assessed successfully at each distance with all the subjects (N = 125). A mean overall lag of accommodation was noted with each age group at each distance tested. Regression analysis demonstrated no significant difference in accommodative responses between age groups (p = 0.531 at 4 D, p = 0.062 at 6 D, and p = 0.883 at 10 D). Therefore, results for all the age categories were grouped together to produce a table of normal ranges of accommodation for children aged 4 to 15 years for the three stimuli demands. The mean lag of accommodation was found to be 0.30 +/- 0.39 D at 4 D, 0.74 +/- 0.58 D at 6 D, and 2.50 +/- 1.27 D at 10 D. The normal ranges of accommodation (95% confidence limits) were 2.94 to 4.46 D at 4 D, 4.12 to 6.40 D at 6 D, and 5.02 to 10.00 D at 10 D.

Conclusions: A comprehensive table has been produced detailing the mean lags and normal ranges of accommodative responses expected for school-age children when using Nott DR. These data allow practitioners and researchers to determine whether accommodative responses measured using Nott DR are within normal limits.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accommodation, Ocular / physiology*
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Reference Values
  • Retinoscopy / methods*
  • Vision, Binocular
  • Visual Acuity