Role of cycloplegia in the management of functional myopia

Ophthalmology. 1979 May;86(5):695-7. doi: 10.1016/s0161-6420(79)35458-6.


Those who undertake the management of functional or physiologic myopia subscribe to the thesis that the accommodative-convergence synkinesis is the primary factor in the development and progression of this condition; therefore monocular or binocular cycloplegia has been employed as the essence of management for nearly a century. The results of an uncontrolled series of young functional myopic patients who were managed with 1% atropine sulfate drops and bifocal spectacle lenses for up to one year are reported, and the author's views on the overall value of such therapy are presented.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Atropine / therapeutic use*
  • Child
  • Eyeglasses
  • Humans
  • Mydriatics
  • Myopia / drug therapy*
  • Myopia / therapy


  • Mydriatics
  • Atropine