After a comprehensive exam, Dr. Shawki may recommend Atropine, a prescription eye drop to treat myopia. This drop can be formulated at different concentrations that is determined to best work for your child. Atropine has been found in several studies to reduce the progression of myopia, meaning that children who were given the medication did not become as myopic as the children without the medication.This is because many studies have shown that eye drops can significantly slow down the progression of myopia by around 50% to 60%. However, that number is relative to each individual.
While there will always be risks involved with any medical treatments, we ensure these risks are minimized by having follow-up sessions and monitoring your child’s treatment progress. Atropine is suited for children who wear glasses or contact lenses during the day. If you would prefer your child to rest their eyes during the evening or simply worry that your child may not be ready for contact lenses, our prescription eye drops are a good alternative. It is recommended for children who are showing a rapid progression of myopia.
Myopia management therapy is rapidly becoming a first-line treatment for child-onset myopia. The principles and strategies employed at Modern Eye Care of NJ are based on evidence-based guidelines and updated protocols. Schedule your child's myopia consultation today!