Atropine Eye Drops
Recent studies found that 0.01 to 0.05% atropine decreases progression of myopia by 50-87%. However, we do not know exactly how this medication works to control myopia. Some side-effects of atropine include blurred near vision, less accommodation (focusing ability at near distances), and pupil dilation resulting in light sensitivity. However, these effects are dose dependent and the concentration can be modified based on any symptoms your child may have.
This treatment is recommended for children who are unable to wear contact lenses and is often used in conjunction with some of the treatments above. There are no long term studies on the potential negative effects of this treatment but eye doctors have been using this “off-label” for many years with great success.
Enrollment of your child in our Myopia Control Academy will give your child the best chance of success in reducing myopia progression. We have access to technologies that not only monitor your child’s myopia, but also the axial length of the eye so we can truly monitor all aspects of progression. Your Optometrist will discuss the above methods, and make recommendations depending on the lifestyle of your child, and the goals of treatment.
How often should I have my child’s eyes checked?
The Alberta Association of Optometrists recommends the first eye exam for children at six months of age, then again when the child is two years old, and every year after the age of four. Eye examinations are covered under Alberta Health Care until age 19. You can read more on this, as well as the current recommendations on screen time for kids here.
For additional information, talk to one of our Optometrists at your next appointment and if you like, you can do some of your own research on the sites below:
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