Atropine eye drops widen the pupil and relax the muscles that enable the eyes to focus. The effects of the drops are temporary and the eye returns to normal when the drops wear off.
These drops are the ones your eye doctor uses during a comprehensive eye exam. They are also used for other purposes, including treating certain eye conditions. Read on to learn more about how your eye doctor may use these drops to treat your eyes.
What Can Atropine Eye Drops Treat?
Atropine eye drops contain atropine sulfate, which widens the pupil and relaxes the muscles that allow the eyes to focus. They are also used to treat myopia, lazy eye syndrome, and eye inflammation.
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common eye condition where close up objects appear clear, but faraway objects appear blurry.
In recent years, to slow the progression of myopia, low-doses of atropine eye drops in 0.01%, 0.02%, and 0.05% concentrations have been found as an effective treatment option.
Lazy Eye Treatment
Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, causes one eye to significantly weaken. Atropine drops relax the muscle in the stronger eye, causing that eye to have blurred vision.
Research has shown that using atropine eye drops to blur the better-seeing eye can improve the vision in the lazy eye by helping to force the lazy eye to work harder. Children sometimes prefer to have an eye drop once a day rather than wearing an eye patch for several hours a day.
Another eye condition that atropine drops are used to treat is inflammation in the eye. This medicine is also used to diagnose eye problems such as blurred vision (refraction) in children below 6 years and children with cross-eye.
If you or your child have any of the above eye conditions, contact your eye doctor to find out if atropine drops are a treatment option for you. Contact Washington Eye Doctors today to book an eye exam.
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