Atropine is an eye drop used for dilation, myopia control, and amblyopia treatment.
Works by blocking receptors in the eye that allow for pupil constriction.
Low concentration atropine is utilized to reduce possible side effects and myopic rebound after stopping the topical drug.
How does it slow down myopia?
Theories suggest that the drug physically regulates the receptors in the eye that play a role in ocular elongation rather than optically slowing myopia as accomplished by glasses/contact lenses; however the exact mechanism is still unknown.
Atropine eye drop is typically administered once a day before bedtime.
Less follow-up appointments are required.
Side effects may occur including: minimal light sensitivity, glare, blur at near, or redness.
Patient will still need optical correction for their prescription.