Myopia Control – The Atropine Eye Drops Therapy

Myopia is getting more and common nowadays.  The eyes of the Z generation are always “working” – reading, watching TV, playing games.  The only time they rest, I suppose, would be when the kids are sleeping.

As such, it is not uncommon to see children (even toddlers) wearing spectacles today.  My son, a typical Z generation, worn his first pair of spectacles when he was 5 and the power just won’t stop going up (like the stock market).

When he was 7, I started actively to look for ways to control his myopia. By chance, his pediatrician introduced me to an optometrist who specialist in myopia prevention and control management.   After detailed examination of his eyes, the optometrist recommended that I tried the Atropine Eye Drops Therapy.  This therapy is commonly used by optometrist safely to treat eye conditions such as lazy eyes and squints; but for use in myopia control, it is still something new in Singapore, I was told then.  

With the optometrist’s advice and after due considerations, we decided to give it a try.  Every night before he sleeps, a single drop of atropine eye drop is instilled in each of his eyes.  His myopia has since stabilized for the past 2 years.   He sees the optometrist half yearly for review and for replenishment of his eye drops.

So far, the only side effect I’ve observed is the glariness from the sun when he is having his outdoor activities.  The solution? I have the optometrist wrote me a letter for the school to allow him wear transition lenses. 

Of course, eye care is still the most important thing; and do consult an optometrist if you are concern with your child’s myopia.

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3 Replies to “Myopia Control – The Atropine Eye Drops Therapy”

  1. Can you kindly share an update? We are considering the treatment. Many thanks in advance.

  2. Hi,

    I fully empathize with you – exactly how I feel then.

    My 12 years old genz kid is still using the Atropine eye drop and so far his myopia is under control. For him, the increased in degree slowed down and stabilised gradually. If I recall correctly, his degree increased by about 100 for each eyes when he was 8 and thereafter, it slowed down to about 50-100 when he was 9. Since then, he need not have to change his specs.

    The side effect – he has a bit of long sightedness now but not affecting his daily routine so no prescription needed and the long sightedness will go away once you stopped the eye drop (according to the doc). He is also using transition lenses as it is a bit glaring for him when he is under the sun. Other than that, no other complaints.

    Hope this helps and if you need any other info, feel free to drop me a note. I will try to help if I can.

  3. Hi,

    My child was diagnosed with high mypoic at the age of 5. He just started to wear his spec. I am considering to start him with Atropine eye drop when he is due for his eye review next month. Is it okay you can share with me the journey of this therapy? Thank you.

    Worried mummy here.

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