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November 1976

Accommodative Esotropia During the First Year of Life

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children, Atlanta.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(11):1912-1913. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910040622009

• Two infants developed accommodative esotropia during their first six months of life. One infant, whose age at onset was 4½ months, had 4.50 diopters of hyperopia. The second infant, whose age at onset was 5 months, had 3.50 diopters of hyperopia. In both infants, the eyes completely aligned with hyperopic correction. Two points are stressed. First, when the amount of hyperopia exceeds +3.00, consideration should be given to an accommodative element as the cause of the esotropia, even if the child is only 4 to 6 months old. Second, even with small angles of esotropia, an accommodative element should be considered, if there is a substantial amount of hyperopia.

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