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    Low-dose atropine for myopia in children: two years of experience

    Nightly treatment with atropine drops can significantly slow progression


    Atropine drops

    Atropine drops were first used to arrest myopia in the 1970s: they were initially believed to work by blocking accommodation. However, atropine prevents form myopia from developing in chicks when one eye is blocked, so this cannot be the mechanism.

    Instead, it blocks receptors on the sclera, the scleral muscle and retina, and inhibits the thinning and stretching of the sclera that is characteristic of form myopia.

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