Eye Drops That Can Slow Down Nearsightedness in Children

Nearsighted kids frequently get new prescription glasses annually or bi-annually as they mature.  This can may stop in the teens, however can progress well into twenties and beyond.  This ever-thicker glasses is a hassle for the child and both concern and expense for parents. This reality is because certain stages of childhood the eyes tend to change more rapidly.

Recent research in Singapore suggests we can slow a child’s nearsightedness progression. Their study found that a low concentration of atropine drops — medication commonly used to treat lazy eye — can also be effective for slowing nearsightedness. A five-year trial showed that 0.01 percent atropine drops safely slowed down the progression of myopia by about 50 percent with almost no side effects.

The findings suggest that this medication could potentially be an effective treatment in the fight against the global surge in nearsightedness.  

Nearsightedness has risen dramatically over recent decades and is a leading cause of visual impairment worldwide. In the U.S., an approximately 42% of the population is myopic, up from 25 percent in the 1970s. Developed Asian countries report myopia rates of 80 to 90 percent among young adults.

Severe nearsightedness is associated with a greater risk of serious complications such as retinal detachment, forms of macular degeneration, and glaucoma. 

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