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Different prescriptions for both the eyes' power. What do we do?

Hello sir I have got tested my child through two doctors who have prescribed two different powers in both eyes. One prescribed -1.75 spherical and -0.5 cylindrical at 180 degrees for both the eyes whereas the other doctor prescribed -2.0 spherical for both the eyes.So what to do? should I leave the prescription having cylindrical power.?Please help..
Asked On : Fri, 28 Sep 2012
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Children are known to have high accommodation, hence the refractive power may vary depending on the amount of usage of accommodation.
Hence to have accurate eye power in children the refraction testing has to be done after abolishing the accommodation by using cycloplegic drugs like atropine, homatropine and cyclopentolate.
Depending on age of the children, the preferred procedure for refraction is
below 7 years atropine
7-12 years homatropine
12-18 years cyclopentolate
So kindly see which doctor followed what method before coming to conclusion of which prescription to follow
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Answered: Thu, 25 Jul 2013
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