Atropine drops have been proven to reduce the increase in myopia (nearsightedness) in patients with myopia with little or no side effects. Recent studies have shown that Atropine drops can even be used for pre-myopic children to prevent significant nearsightedness.
Doses as low as .01% have shown to reduce the rate of myopia progression by 60%. Slighter higher doses can slow myopia progression even more. Atropine drops are generally given to patients at night and help relax the eye muscles.
Atropine drug therapy is easy to use and is ideal for younger children, who are not yet ready to wear contact lenses. It has been proven safe, and have been used on infants and children for over 100 years. The sooner a patient starts with Atropine, the less severe their nearsightedness will be as he or she gets older
Atropine is just one of several options for managing myopia. Please be sure to speak with our optometrists to discuss the best option for you