Myopia (near-sightedness) is a growing pediatric problem in the United States and around the world. The incidence in children is increasing in many developed and developing countries, especially in the Asian countries, where it is considered to be a major public health problem. Once a child develops myopia, the near-sightedness generally will continue to increase as the child grows. Children and adults with high myopia are at a greater risk of developing ocular conditions that can cause vision problems.
Atropine Eye Drops Treat Myopia
Recent studies have shown that low concentration atropine eye drops can slow the progression of myopia in most children. The drops are instilled every night at bedtime and are very well tolerated by the child (as the drops do not sting). There is a very low incidence of side effects (such as eye irritation or light sensitivity) at such a low concentration. However, the child will require periodic eye exams while they are using the atropine eye drops.
Our office is now offering the low concentration atropine drops to children who have developed myopia. If you or your patients have any questions regarding this treatment, please feel free to call our office at 817-329-5433.