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Atropine Eyedrops

 

Bad reading habits, handphone use and increasing amount of school work cause myopia/short-sightedness to increase even up to -1.00D per year.
Uncorrected vision due to underpowered glasses makes the myopia increase even more quickly.
So, your optometrist/optician is correct to ask you to change glasses. We understand your frustrations.
Stopping myopia from progressing means saving money from changing glasses so frequently and even more importantly has health benefits too.
Let us tell you more about how to stop myopia from increasing so you do not have to change glasses frequently.

The higher the myopia, the greater the risk of myopia.

Atropine eye drops is a easy to use option for controlling myopia. 

How does Atropine work?

Atropine strengthens the scleral (wall of the eye ball), thus reducing the chance of the eye elongating. The longer the eye the higher the myopia so to control myopia, the eyeball must not grow longer. To learn what is myopia, click here.

What dose of Atropine does The EyeClinic advocate?

Recent studies by Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) found that with a lower concentration of atropine, myopia control is as good, but with fewer to no side effects. Studies have shown that myopia progression in eyes treated with Atropine 0.01% was reduced by 50%.

If the control is not good enough, we could have 0.125% specially made. In the older days, Atropine 1% eye drops was used popularly but it comes with side effects e.g. glare and inability to read due to dilated pupils. This would cause the person to need tinted lenses e.g. sunglasses, transition lenses, as well as a pair of reading glasses/ progressives. So at The Eyeclinic we do not prescribe 1% Atropine eye drops as the side effects are debilitating and also discourages the children from playing outdoors because of glare. Sunlight is very important to prevent myopia progression by slowing down eyeball elongation. With other options available nowadays , we do not have to resort to the side effects. Not everyone responds to Atropine, so other options should be explored if this should occur.

Treatment of myopia outweighs the risk of myopia increasing 

Who is a candidate?

Atropine eye drops are suitable for children with myopia of all degrees, with increment of more than 50 degrees a year.

What is The EyeClinic's atropine program?

We do not believe in just dispensing eye drops .We do not take an increase in prescription lightly.

We believe in developing healthy eye habits and teaching your child to take care of his or her eyes. Good myopia control cannot be achieved with purely using eye drops.

The first consult we would like to know your child’s reading / device habits and outdoor activities. We are a boutique clinic and we will take the time to convince your child good phone, reading and outdoor routines. Then we would confirm your child’s correct prescription and measure the length of the eyeball is by a contactless, fast and painless scan. This is to chart the axial elongation of the eyeball throughout the treatment.

The program requires three monthly easy follow ups , and would not accept an increase of power of more than 0.25D. An increase in myopia is irreversible , so we must not take any increase lightly. This is also why time is of the essence.

The sooner myopia is controlled, the lower your child's eye prescription for life. 

When do we start screening for myopia control?

Four years of age

Is Atropine comfortable?

Even our youngest child who is three years old has no complaints.

Does my child still need to wear glasses after he starts Atropine eye drops?

Yes, Atropine eye drops helps to control the progression of myopia but it does not reshape the cornea like the Orthokeratology contact lenses or MiSight contact lenses hence your child will still need to wear glasses even if he is still on the eye drops.

Atropine or Ortho-k or MiSight?

Every child has different needs and lifestyle. We are pleased to have the widest range of myopia control treatment options. 

This allows the myopia control specialists at The EyeClinic to have an unbiased discussion with you and your child and choose the best option. Every child and family is different and the choice should be personalised.  

To learn about how Orthokeratology contact lenses work to control myopia, click here.

To learn about how MiSight contact lenses work to control myopia, click here.

Click here to book an appointment with us now!

GOOD NEWS!

Home – The EyeClinic by Dr Cheryl Lee

Our centre is also one of the healthcare institutions registered with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) under the Baby Bonus Scheme.  This means that your savings in the Child Development Account (CDA) may be used to pay for your children's eye check and myopia control program (orthokeratology contact lenses/Atropine Eye drops/Special Spectacle Lenses)!

CHILDREN EYE SCREENING @ $120