Your child sees things perfectly well up close, but from far away, it’s a different story. You might know this condition as nearsightedness, but it’s also called myopia. Almost half of the American population has myopia, and many of them are children.
Nearsightedness happens when the eyeball is not perfectly round, but instead is longer from front to back. This causes the part of the eye that focuses on images to have trouble focusing on images that are farther away. Instead, images that are far away may appear blurry and out of focus.
Popular methods of addressing nearsightedness include corrective contact lenses or glasses and LASIK or other types of laser surgery. There’s a downside to these options though. If you’ve tried any of these methods, you know they can be expensive and inconvenient. It’s also important to recognize that there are even fewer corrective options available to children since most children are not eligible for laser eye surgeries.
Low doses of atropine (0.01%) applied topically to the eye can help slow the progression of myopia. Children are the ideal candidates for this therapy because in most cases, their myopia is not yet severe. During childhood, the eyes are still growing, so there’s an opportunity for benefits with atropine.
Low doses of atropine are generally safe and well-tolerated. Mild stinging might occur when the drops are placed in the eye.
The knowledgeable pharmacists at The Compounding Center are experts in compounding atropine eye drops (0.01%) for myopia. They are mixed in a sterile environment which ensures the drops are safe.
For the best possible results, ask your doctor about atropine eye drops early. Seeing blurry from a distance is a common early sign of nearsightedness.