Relationship between axial length of the emmetropic eye and the age, body height, and body weight of schoolchildren

University of Zagreb, Zagrabia, Grad Zagreb, Croatia
American Journal of Human Biology (Impact Factor: 1.7). 03/2005; 17(2):173-7. DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.20107
Source: PubMed


This report assesses the relationship of axial length of emmetropic (without refractive error) eyes to age, height, and weight in 1,600 Croatian schoolchildren. Axial eye lengths were determined by an ultrasonic eye biometry (A scan). Axial length of both eyes increases with age, height, and weight but shows a closer correlation to height and weight than to age. Boys have a significantly longer axial eye length than girls (P < 0.01). Boys or girls of similar or nearing body height and body weight and with emmetropic eyes have close linear measures of anatomic eye structures within their sex, regardless their age. Body height demonstrates the closest correlation to the growth and development of the emmetropic eye.

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