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Atropine ophthalmic medication is a well-known eye drop that is commonly used to dilate the pupils and relax the eye's muscles. Studies have shown that low-dose atropine can also be an effective treatment option for myopia control in children. By relaxing the focusing mechanism in the eye, it reduces the strain on the eye and slows down the elongation of the eyeball that leads to myopia progression. In fact, studies have shown that low-dose atropine eye drops can reduce myopia progression by 50%1.
It is important to note that when using atropine for myopia control, an optical correction such as glasses still needs to be worn. Typically, one drop of atropine is instilled in each eye every night. Low-dose atropine eye drops are generally considered safe and well-tolerated. However, as with any medication, there is a potential for side effects such as increased sensitivity to light and blurred near vision.
Atropine is particularly ideal for younger patients who do not have the necessary lens handling skills or maturity to safely care for and maintain contact lenses. If you're interested in atropine treatment for myopia control, book a consultation with our optometrist.
1 Chia A, Chua WH, Cheung YB, et al. Atropine for the treatment of childhood myopia: safety and efficacy of 0.5%, 0.1%, and 0.01% doses (Atropine for the Treatment of Myopia 2). Ophthalmology. 2012;119(2):347-354. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2011.07.031.