The effect of atropine on myopia

Ophthalmology. 1979 May;86(5):713-9. doi: 10.1016/s0161-6420(79)35455-0.


Sixty-two children were treated with atropine in one eye for one year; the fellow eye was the control. The eyes were switched the second year. Twenty-eight patients were treated for four years on the same basis. Control eyes showed significant increases in myopia compared to treated eyes. Some treated eyes showed decreases in myopia; no decreases were seen in control eyes. Posttreatment data analysis indicates the effects are long-term.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Atropine / therapeutic use*
  • Child
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Myopia / drug therapy*
  • Statistics as Topic


  • Atropine