A refractive error could cause damage in the eyes in the long run, and so a cycloplegic refraction must take place. Cycloplegic refraction is done to determine complete refractive error in the eyes.
The normal refraction procedure always has a margin of error because of the patient’s influence. However, a Cycloplegic refraction is able to assess the full refractive error without the patient’s influence. Cycloplegic eye drops are used to temporarily paralyze the muscles that aid in focusing the eye.
There are three main types of patients that doctors perform Cycloplegic refraction on: