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February 1943


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Santa Ana, Calif.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1943;29(2):312-313. doi:10.1001/archopht.1943.00880140160015

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To the Editor:  —In the informative paper "Change of Axis of Astigmatism on Accommodation," by Wendell Hughes (Arch. Ophth.26: 742 [Nov.] 1941), the author stated that he had been unable to find reports in the literature concerning cases in which the axis of astigmatism accepted by the patient at the near point was different from that acceptable at the far point !Now, generations of students who have learned the principles of the outmoded optometers (Badal, Young, etc.) have been well aware that such a difference in axis for near and for far vision may occur. In relation to astigmatism itself it is certainly known that (1) in a strong correction the same cylinder will not serve in power for near and for far vision; (2) a cylinder correction for near vision is an overcorrection for distance; (3) any cylinder at a given point from the eye has more corrective

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