When should I start atropine for myopia?

When should atropine be prescribed?

Atropine is a prescription medicine used to treat the symptoms of low heart rate (bradycardia), reduce salivation and bronchial secretions before surgery or as an antidote for overdose of cholinergic drugs or mushroom poisoning.

How does atropine help myopia?

Applying atropine eye drops dilates the pupils and temporarily paralyzes the focusing muscle inside the eye. It also relaxes the eyes’ focusing mechanisms. Research has suggested that myopia in children may be connected to focusing fatigue so using atropine can control myopia by disabling the focusing mechanism.

What age should myopia be controlled?

There is no minimum age for starting myopia control treatment if the risks are high enough to warrant initiating treatment. We have prescribed myopia control for children as young as 4 who are already short-sighted and whose parents have high degrees of myopia. Children typically develop myopia between 6-12 of age.

What is another name for atropine?


Clinical data
Trade names Atropen, others
Other names Daturin
AHFS/Drugs.com Monograph
MedlinePlus a682487

How can I naturally slow down myopia?

Lifestyle and home remedies

  1. Have your eyes checked. Do this regularly even if you see well.
  2. Control chronic health conditions. …
  3. Protect your eyes from the sun. …
  4. Prevent eye injuries. …
  5. Eat healthy foods. …
  6. Don’t smoke. …
  7. Use the right corrective lenses. …
  8. Use good lighting.
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Can myopia be cured by eye exercises?

While myopia eye exercises won’t cure nearsightedness, they can help a person have their best possible vision and minimize eye strain. This may help with problems such as vision-related headaches, especially in people who have untreated nearsightedness.

Is atropine safe for myopia?

In summary, robust evidence supports atropine use to slow the progression of myopia. Some concerns regarding long-term safety have not yet been resolved. However, the general consensus of the clinical studies is that the treatment is safe.

Do glasses stop myopia?

Regular glasses and contact lenses can help kids see more clearly, but they do not slow down the progression of myopia, which means kids may need increasingly stronger prescriptions as they continue to grow. However, certain types of contact lenses—including soft lenses—can slow down the speed at which myopia develops.

How do I stabilize myopia?

Eyeglasses or contact lenses are the most common methods of correcting myopia symptoms. They work by refocusing light rays on the retina, compensating for the shape of your eye. Eyeglasses can also help protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light rays.