Updated: 12/18/2013 01:48

Myopia Clinic opens

Myopia Clinic opens

The progression of myopia in children between the ages of six to 12 could be slowed down with an eyedrop treatment that's now available at the Myopia Clinic. 

Run by the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), the Myopia Clinic is helmed by a team of five paediatricians trained in eye care. 

SNEC's Medical Director, Professor Donald Tan, had led a five-year trial on diluted atropine eye drops previously. 

His findings indicated that a dose of 0.01 per cent atropine can slow myopia progression by half over a two-year period. 

The eye drop can be administered at home on prescription by doctors. 

And the young patients will have their response to the treatment assessed periodically, such as every three months, at the clinic. 

Each course of treatments lasts two years. 

The atropine eye drop treatment is among the wider research that SNEC doctors are working on with the Singapore Eye Research Institute. 

In Singapore, myopia is a prevalent condition, with more than half of the 10-year-olds being short-sighted.

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