What Eye Drops Could Do for Nearsighted Kids

Rates of nearsightedness, or myopia, have
increased dramatically over the last few decades. But new evidence suggests that medicated eye
drops may be the key to fighting this global epidemic. I’m Shelby Cullinan with your latest
health news. A new study from Singapore found that drops
of low-dose atropine may significantly slow the progression of nearsightedness in children
— with fewer side effects than higher doses. Atropine is already commonly used to treat
lazy eye, or amblyopia. At the study’s end, the research team found that children assigned
to the lowest dose of atropine were the least nearsighted of all groups. This dose was also
found to slow myopia progression by an estimated 50 percent, and cause less pupil dilation
and vision loss than the higher doses. While low-dose atropine appeared to be safe for
use in children, these researchers said more research is still needed. According to the
American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 80 million children worldwide are nearsighted
— making it a significant public health concern.


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