Atropine Eye Drops
If you or your child has been diagnosed with myopia (or short-sightedness), you might think glasses or contact lenses are the only
But a simple eye drop can achieve the same thing in a majority of patients, according to some very powerful studies conducted on a large number of short-sighted children.
What is Atropine?
Atropine has been used for centuries for dilating the pupils of the eye. Women used plant extracts containing naturally occurring atropine to make their pupils larger to make themselves more attractive! For over a hundred years, atropine has been used by eye practitioners at a concentration of 1% as an
Atropine for myopia – the studies
A number of large-scale studies on short-sighted children (the ATOM-1 and ATOM-2 studies) tested the effectiveness of atropine in slowing the progression of myopia. The drug was used as once-a-day eye drops at various concentrations – 1%, 0.5%, 0.1% and 0.01% (which is one hundred times weaker than the atropine used in eye medicine to dilate the pupil).
The results were surprising but conclusive: atropine eye drops used once a day significantly slowed the progress of myopia.
Is it safe?
Atropine has been clinically available for over a century, and to
While the stronger doses had a slightly greater effect on slowing the progression of myopia, the absolute differences between the groups were small, with all three strengths bringing about significant slowing. Not only that, the side effects in the eye were better with the weakest formula (of 0.01%) which is only one hundredth the concentration of atropine used in clinical practice for over 100 years.
While the stronger doses caused a small number of cases of allergy (inflammation of the eyelid skin or conjunctiva) these side effects did not occur in the weaker dose.
Does your child have myopia?
Myopia is a progressive disorder. It not only means you are increasingly dependent on glasses or contact lenses to
Atropine eye drops are a relatively simple and non-invasive way to slow down the rate of myopia progression in the majority of cases.
Is it guaranteed to work?
Atropine therapy doesn’t work for everyone, but results from the large-scale studies show that it is effective in slowing myopia. At The Eye Practice, we prescribe Atropine eye drops for myopia control as part of the full suite of myopia control options, which also includes orthokeratology and multifocal contact lenses.
Don’t wait until your child’s myopia is moderate to severe. Get in early and stop the progression.
Call The Eye Practice on (02) 9290 1899 or make an appointment online today.