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Atropine 0.01 to 1% is a pharmaceutical intervention for myopia control. ­Although its exact mechanism of action is unknown, it works at a cellular level to slow down the growth of the eyeball. The effectiveness is dose-dependent.

Who is a candidate: Any child showing progressive myopia greater than -0.50D/year.

Costs: Prices range from $75-$100/bottle at compounding pharmacies. Bottles last 5-7 weeks.