Hong Kong News

Nonpartisan, Noncommercial, unconstrained.
Wednesday, Mar 22, 2023

Eye drops reduce short-sightedness among children

Eye drops reduce short-sightedness among children

A low concentration of atropine eye drops can help prevent short-sightedness in kids, Chinese University researchers have found.
The team found the incidence of short-sightedness fell from 53 percent to 28.4 percent after children were treated with 0.05 percent atropine eye drops for two years.

The study, which lasted from 2017 to 2020 and involved 474 children, is the world's first research to support low concentration atropine eye drops' effectiveness in preventing short-sightedness. The research paper has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The participants, aged between four to nine, and did not suffer from short-sightedness but had at least one parent who is myopic.

They were randomly assigned to the 0.05 percent atropine group, the 0.01 percent atropine group, or the placebo group and had eye drops applied once nightly in both eyes for two years.

Results showed that the incidence of short-sightedness was 28.4 percent in the 0.05 percent group, 45.9 percent in the 0.01 percent group, and 53 percent in the placebo group.

The researchers said myopia should be prevented before it occurs as it is not reversible.

"Myopia is irreversible once it has developed and the earlier its onset, the greater the likelihood of [it worsening] later in life," said Calvin Pang Chi-pui, research professor of visual sciences at the Faculty of Medicine.

The researchers added that high-risk children - those whose parents are both myopic - are 12 times more likely to develop myopia compared to those whose parents are non-myopic.

"A low concentration of atropine eye drops is an effective preventive strategy for myopia onset among high-risk children and can reduce their risk of suffering from sight-threatening diseases," said Jason Yam Cheuk-sing, the principal investigator of the study.

"We advise only high-risk children to consider using the eye drops," he added.

The study came as another research team led by Yam had proved that low concentration atropine eye drops could delay the progression of short-sightedness in a one-year clinical trial that lasted from 2016 to 2017.

CUHK also plans to launch a third phase of study on atropine to investigate the efficacy and safety of combining atropine eye drops with red light therapy.
Newsletter

Related Articles

Hong Kong News
Close
0:00
0:00
Credit Suisse's Scandalous History Resulted in an Obvious Collapse - It's time for regulators who fail to do their job to be held accountable and serve as an example by being behind bars.
Goldman Sachs cuts outlook for European bank debt over Credit Suisse crisis
Paris Rioting vs Macron anti democratic law
'Sexual Fantasy' Assignment At US School Outrages Parents
The US government has charged Chinese businessman Guo Wengui with leading a $1 billion fraud scheme that cheated thousands of followers out of their money.
Credit Suisse to borrow $54 billion from Swiss central bank
The BBC problem about China
Russian Hackers Preparing New Cyber Assault Against Ukraine
"Will Fly Wherever International Law Allows": US Warns Russia After Drone Incident
If this was in Tehran, Moscow or Hong Kong
Announcing GPT-4
TRUMP: "Standing before you today, I am the only candidate who can make this promise: I will prevent World War III."
China is calling out the US, UK, and Australia on their submarine pact, claiming they are going further down a dangerous road
A brief banking situation report
We are witnessing widespread bank fails and the president just gave a 5 min speech then walked off camera.
Donald Trump's asked by Tucker Carlson question on if the U.S. should support regime change in Russia?.
'No relation to the American SVB': India's SVC Bank acts to calm depositors amid brand name confusion.
Good news: The U.S. government is now guaranteeing all deposits, held by, Silicon Valley Bank, and the funds are available as of today
Silicon Valley Bank exec was Lehman Brothers CFO
In a potential last-ditch effort, HSBC is considering a rescue deal to save Silicon Valley Bank UK from insolvency
Saudi Arabia has announced a major breakthrough in diplomacy with Iran after two years of intense talks
Elon Musk Is Planning To Build A Town In Texas For His Employees
The Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse effect is spreading around the world, affecting startup companies across the globe
City officials in Berlin announced on Thursday that all swimmers at public pools will soon be allowed to swim topless
Fitness scam
Market Chaos as USDC Loses Peg to USD after $3.3 Billion Reserves Held by Silicon Valley Bank Closed.
A primitive judge in Australia sparked outrage when he told a breastfeeding woman to leave his courtroom for being “a distraction"
Barcelona is feeling the heat as they face corruption charges over payments to former vice-president of Spain's referees' committee, Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira
Banking regulators close SVB, the largest bank failure since the financial crisis
Silicon Valley Bank: Struggles Threaten Tech Startup Ecosystem"
The unelected UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, an immigrant himself, defends new controversial crackdown on illegal migration
Old clip of Bill Gates saying Ukraine is a big, fat, corrupt sinkhole is going viral
Man’s penis amputated by mistake after he’s wrongly diagnosed with a tumour
2 universities in Hong Kong embrace use of ChatGPT, other AI tools
In a major snub to Downing Street's Silicon Valley dreams, UK chip giant Arm has dealt a serious blow to the government's economic strategy by opting for a US listing
Missing Chinese banker was working to set up Singapore family office
Hong Kong ditches Covid mask mandate after 945 days
Xi Jinping and His Wife Meet with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk
How do stolen goods end up on Amazon, eBay and Facebook Marketplace?
It's the question on everyone's lips: could a four-day workweek be the future of employment?
Is Gold the Ultimate Safe Haven Asset in Times of Uncertainty?
Spain officials quit over trains that were too wide for tunnels...
Hello. Here is our news digest from London.
Corruption and Influence Buying Uncovered in International Mainstream Media: Investigation Reveals Growing Disinformation Mercenaries
When it comes to Tesla vs Lamborghini, an empty vessel makes more noise
European MP Clare Daly condemns US attack on Nord Stream
Former U.S. President Carter will spend his remaining time at home and receive hospice care instead of medication
North Korea test-fires an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan west of Hokkaido
US bombed Nord Stream gas pipelines, claims investigative journalist Seymour Hersh
US Joins 15 NATO Nations in Largest Space Data Collection Initiative in History
×