Topical Atropine in the Control of Myopia

Med Hypothesis Discov Innov Ophthalmol. 2016 Fall;5(3):78-88.


Atropine has been used for more than a century to arrest myopia progression. Compelling evidence of its protective effect has been reported in well-designed clinical studies, mainly performed during the last two decades. However, its exact mechanism of action has not been determined. Experimental findings have shown that the mechanism is not related to accommodation, as was thought for decades. A review of the published literature revealed a significant amount of evidence supporting its safety and efficacy at a concentration of 1.0%, and at lower concentrations (as low as 0.01%).

Keywords: Myopia; Progression; Topical Atropine.

Publication types

  • Review