Accommodation is the ability of the eye to adjust its focus to see objects at different distances. This process involves changing the shape of the lens inside the eye to bring images into sharp focus on the retina.
Accommodation is necessary for clear vision at all distances, from up close for reading to far away for driving or watching a movie. It is controlled by the ciliary muscle, which contracts or relaxes to change the shape of the lens.
As we age, the lens becomes less flexible, and the muscles controlling accommodation become weaker, resulting in presbyopia, which is the age-related difficulty seeing up close. This condition can be corrected with reading glasses, bifocals, progressive lenses, or multifocal contact lenses.
Other conditions that can affect accommodation include cataracts, which can cause cloudy or blurred vision, and accommodative spasm, which is a condition where the ciliary muscle contracts too strongly and results in blurry vision at all distances.
If you are experiencing changes in your vision, it is important to schedule an appointment with usfor a comprehensive eye exam and to discuss potential treatment options. With the right care, you can potentially maintain clear vision at all distances and enhance your visual experience.