How we may be able to use low dose Atropine to slow myopia development and progression in children in the near future
In the near future, we hope to provide medical treatment for myopia in children at Clinica London, using Atropine to slow myopia development and progression. Studies on the use of eye drops that will influence the retina of your child and slow down myopia are just reaching completion internationally, and we are awaiting the go-ahead so that we can use the correct formulation of eye drops.
Children’s myopia is a really hot topic among parents and eye doctors, but the treatment with eye drops is not yet available in Europe. Unfortunately, there is no marketing authorisation yet for such a product in the EU, so it is an Investigational Medical Product at the moment.
The currently available formulations of Atropine 0.01 per cent eye drops have a pH of 4, and the patient must use them for two years; therefore there is a risk of the treatment causing as yet undetermined ocular surface problems. There is a lot of research that is taking place, and great efforts are being made to find a non-acidic stable formulation.
The children’s ophthalmologist at Clinica London will discuss the treatment options with parents and advise them about the correct glasses and environmental factors that may help their myopic child.
If you want to know more about the studies on childhood myopia, please read the next blog.
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Naz Raoof, BA, BM BCh, FRCOphth
Ophthalmologist specialising in Paediatrics, Strabismus & Neuro-ophthalmology
Resident expert – Naz Raoof
I am a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Royal London Hospital (appointed 2017).
At Clinica London, I am responsible for paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus treatment and neuro-ophthalmology. I also see adults and children with general and urgent eye problems and carry out routine and urgent procedures at Clinica London.
I trained as a doctor at the University of Oxford, qualifying in 2004. Following my training, the Royal Hallamshire Hospital (Sheffield) and the University of Sheffield employed me as a junior doctor in Ophthalmology.
I undertook two post-training specialist Fellowships in paediatrics, strabismus and neuro-ophthalmology, including 12 months at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and in Auckland, New Zealand, before becoming a Consultant.
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