Abstract

Myopia (nearsightedness) is a condition in which the axial length of the eye is longer than the focal plane and, therefore, images of distant objects are blurred. Discoveries that the environment plays a critical role in ocular development (eg., [1]) suggest that there is a visually guided feedback mechanism by which the axial length is matched to the unaccommodated focal plane (emmetropization). Studies have shown increased scleral creep rates associated with form deprivation myopia [2] suggesting that regulation of creep may be responsible for emmetropization, while excessive unregulated creep may result in myopia.

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