[Spasm of accommodation]

Duodecim. 2014;130(2):168-73.
[Article in Finnish]


Spasm of accommodation refers to prolonged contraction of the ciliary muscle, most commonly causing pseudomyopia to varying degrees in both eyes by keeping the lens in a state of short sightedness. It may also be manifested as inability to allow the adaptation spasticity prevailing in the ciliary muscle relax without measurable myopia. As a rule, this is a functional ailment triggered by prolonged near work and stress. The most common symptoms include blurring of distance vision, varying visual acuity as well as pains in the orbital region and the head, progressing into a chronic state. Cycloplegic eye drops are used as the treatment.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accommodation, Ocular*
  • Ciliary Body / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Muscle Spasticity / drug therapy
  • Muscle Spasticity / etiology
  • Muscle Spasticity / physiopathology
  • Oculomotor Muscles / physiopathology*
  • Ophthalmic Solutions / therapeutic use
  • Risk Factors
  • Spasm / drug therapy
  • Spasm / etiology
  • Spasm / physiopathology*


  • Ophthalmic Solutions