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Atropine Therapy For Myopia Control

Myopia Control in Detroit

Atropine eye drops are used by our optometrist to slow down the progression of myopia and reduce the risks associated with high myopia.

Myopia is one of the leading eye health concerns of this generation, as high and medium myopia cause an increased risk of serious eye diseases later in life.

Results from this five-year study demonstrate a reduction of myopia progression with low dose Atropine by 50%.

What are some benefits of Atropine for myopia control?

  • Unlike soft multifocal contact lenses and orthokeratology, atropine can be combined with other forms of myopia control
  • Out of all the options for myopia control, Atropine has the longest history of continuous use
  • Atropine is an exellent option for children that are too young or too irresponsible for other forms of myopia control
  • Atropine administered at .01% has no noticeable side effects

Atropine is a widely used eye drop with over 100 years of usage by eye doctors even in those as young as 1 years old. One of the benefits of Atropine is that it is considered the best solution for younger children that are either pre-myopic or in the early stages of myopia.

The Optometrists of Suburban Eye Care provide advanced myopia control using Atropine for patients from Southeastern Michigan and Metro Detroit; including Ann Arbor, Dearborn & Canton.

Young Children

Since children that develop myopia at a young age are at the highest risk of developing high myopia, our optometrist Dr. Jacobi recommends that parents start their child on a myopia control program as soon as they demonstrate early signs of nearsightedness. Atropine is especially suited for young children with Myopia due to its ease of use and lack of age requirements.
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Risk Factors

While atropine eye drops in higher doses, like those used for dilating your eye during a comprehensive eye exam, produces side effects such as blurred vision. Atropine that is administered for controlling the progression of nearsightedness is given at such a low dose that there are few reported side effects or risk factors. A small percentage of patients reported photophobia and glare.
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Long Term Benefits

Myopia that progresses to high or medium myopia is strongly linked to vision loss later in life. People with high myopia are 2200% more likely to have a retinal detachment, and at increased risk for eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Additional benefits are lower prescription, fewer changes in prescription, and the ability to have eye surgery such as Lasik later on in life.
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