Neonatal eye growth and emmetropisation--a literature review

Eye (Lond). 1992;6 ( Pt 2):154-60. doi: 10.1038/eye.1992.31.


The refractive development of the neonatal eye has been the subject of much study and debate. In this paper the hypothetical mechanisms of emmetropisation and their relationship to the development of refractive errors will be reviewed. The evidence supporting visual feedback control of eye growth will be described, and the role of ocular accommodation will be discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accommodation, Ocular / physiology
  • Eye / growth & development*
  • Feedback / physiology
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Refractive Errors / physiopathology
  • Visual Acuity / physiology*