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Visual Activities That Require Accommodation

Lynn Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO

April 9, 2014

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When is accommodation most essential?

Answer

Accommodation is used for near point activities like reading, sewing, fishing, knitting, computer work, etc.  This reflex of the eyes is used for activities at arm's length, not for distance.  After the age of 40, we start to lose accommodation, and that is why we have more trouble reading that seeing far distances.


lynn hellerstein

Lynn Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO

For more than 35 years in optometric practice located in the Denver area, Dr. Lynn F. Hellerstein has inspired thousands of people to improve their vision resulting in increased school success, sports performance and confidence.  An author, international speaker, and consultant, Dr. Hellerstein has published extensively on vision related topics, including her award-winning book, See It. Say It. Do It!: The Parent’s & Teacher's Action Guide to Creating Successful Students & Confident Kids (2012).  A Fellow of the Academy and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), she is Past-President of COVD.  Dr. Hellerstein is an adjunct faculty member at five schools of optometry.  


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