Myopia in children

children with and without glasses

Can the progression of myopia in children be slowed down?


More and more children around the world are short-sighted. This not only affects activities such as sports or playing outdoors; it also increases the risk of eye diseases later in life. Drug treatments as well as special glasses or contact lenses aim to slow down the progression of myopia in children.

A recently updated Cochrane review shows that atropine eye drops may be effective for this if they are given in high doses. However, the effect is uncertain at low doses. Special contact lenses are also effective, but often intolerable.

More information on the review can be found here: