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February 1969

Accommodation During General Anesthesia

Author Affiliations

Bethesda, Md
From the Department of Ophthalmology, Naval Hospital, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1969;81(2):202-206. doi:10.1001/archopht.1969.00990010204010

In order to determine whether accommodation occurs during general anesthesia, retinoscopy was performed on anesthetized patients before and after cycloplegia. Accommodation averaging 2.81 diopters was shown with cycloplegia by tropicamide and 1.89 D with cycloplegia by cyclopentolate hydrochloride. Patients not receiving a cycloplegic drug showed a partial loss of this accommodation during prolonged anesthesia.