Atropine has enjoyed scientific support for myopia control, but a high side effect profile makes this method clinically unpopular. Common side effects include a dry mouth, large pupils, urinary retention, constipation, and a fast heart rate. Long-term side effects are still unknown. The idea of giving children drugs, especially when there are other effective treatments available, goes against our beliefs and everything we stand for. Therefore, we do not use atropine as an option for myopia control in our practices.
Bifocal and multifocal contact lenses
Research has been conducted with bifocal and multifocal contact lenses, which are not yet commercially available. Longer duration studies are required to see the volume of soft lens myopia control research match that of Ortho-K.