Ophthalmic atropine has various uses, such as dilating the pupil before eye examination and alleviating pain caused due to inflammation and swelling of the eyes. It is also used in glaucoma patients to prevent an increase in intraocular pressure and also plays its role in slowing down the progression of myopia.

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Diagnosed with spherical powers in eyes,How to control the progression of myopia?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 5.5 years old, and he has been diagnosed with spherical powers of -3.5 and -4.0 in both eyes respectively. I am tensed considering his age. The local doctors say that the power will increase with age. How much would it increase? And are there any means to control it?  Read Full »

Dr. Chandrashekhar Kale

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your child has myopia and usually, minus spherical number increases with body growth and age. However, it is very difficult to predict how much it will increase nor are there any means to prevent it. He needs to wear his glasses constantly for maximum visual improvemen...  Read Full »

My 5-year-old son has blurred vision after a refraction test with atropine drops. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, My son is five years old and has been rubbing his eyes a lot. We took him to an eye doctor, who asked us to put Atropine in his eyes for three days so that he could come for refraction after three days. However, it has been three days since he went under the refraction test, but he cannot...  Read Full »

Dr. Asha Juliet Barboza

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern about your son. You have nothing to be worried about. If you are sure that Atropine was used for cycloplegic refraction, this medication's average duration of action is approximately 10 to 15 days. You should inform in his school that he will...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for squinted eyes in an eight-month-old baby?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 8 months old. She is having a squint or misaligned eyes. Please let me know the treatment.  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First, we need to check if the squint is a true squint or pseudo squint. If it is a true squint then, the first step is cycloplegic refraction. We will instill Atropine ointment for three days, and then we will check if any glasses are required or not. If there is a signi...  Read Full »

Is it good to use Atropine drop for progressive myopia?

Query: Hi doctor,My daughter is 6 years old. She has progressive myopia. She has a high spherical number in her right eye, which is -3.5 and left eye -1.75. She also has a constant cylindrical number which is -3.25 in the right eye and -2.25 in the left eye. According to her pediatric ophthalmologist, the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Chandrashekhar Kale

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Some studies show that atropine treatment prevents progression of myopia to some extent. Hence, some doctors recommend it for progressive myopia. However, 1% dosage is high. The actual dosage is 0.01%. This treatment needs to be continued till at least 14 to 15 years...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest some medicine to relieve stomach pain and diarrhea.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 20 year old female. My height is 5'8" and weight is approximately 140 lbs. The only medication I am on right now is birth control pill. I woke up three days ago with diarrhea and terrible stomach pains. I felt nauseous, but I have never thrown up. The diarrhea has been persistent,...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Deshwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Though Lomotil (Diphenoxylate and Atropine) is not a drug, which needs to be recommended for routine use in diarrheal settings as this drug decreases the motility of gut, which can sometimes allow toxins to be absorbed in the gut. Since you have got an important exam, thi...  Read Full »

Is it possible to correct myopia naturally?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 7 years old with -7 power myopia. Can it be corrected naturally?  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Myopia is a progressive condition, and the progression depends on the pattern of eye growth and development, which is not predicted accurately. Avoid keeping books, and mobile phones very close to the eyes while reading. Sitting very close to the TV or computer must be ...  Read Full »

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