Myopia or short-sightedness is the difficulty in seeing objects far away. This difficulty is because the light is not correctly focusing on the retina. It is a common eye condition and can progress as the child grows.
There is currently no cure for myopia, however Glasses or contact lenses are prescribed to aid your child’s vision and allow them to see clearly.
There is growing evidence in the medical literature to suggest that Atropine 0.01% eye drops can reduce the rate of myopia progression in children.
Atropine 1% is currently used as a diagnostic eye drop in some clinics to dilate the pupils and relax the focusing components of the eye to aid examination. For Myopia management a much lower concentration of Atropine (0.01%) is used which is 100 times weaker than the dose currently used in clinic.
The exact mechanism of how Atropine 0.01% works on slowing myopia progression is unknown. Many studies from different countries around the world such as the united States, India, Singapore and Australia have shown high success rates in slowing myopia progression
Side effects are much less that the drops used in clinic and may include:
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