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The closest point to the eye at which an object or image can be focused on the retina with maximum accommodation (1) of the crystalline lens. It is about 10 centimetres (4 inches) in infancy, 25 centimetres (10 inches) in adulthood if vision is normal, and 33 centimetres (13) inches in old age. See also range of accommodation. Compare far point.

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