Is your child nearsighted?
Nearsightedness, or myopia, is a condition that results in blurry vision when looking at distant objects.
Myopia happens when the eyeball grows too long or the cornea (the clear front cover of the eye) is too curved.
As a result, light entering the eye is not focused correctly. While glasses and contact lenses can help a person with myopia see clearly, they do not address the underlying stretching of the eye.
Myopia detected in young children tends to increase through the school years . As myopia progresses, it can increase the risk of retinal detachment, cataracts, myopia maculopathy and even blindness. To date, FDA has not approved any drug therapies for reducing myopia progression.
This is why researchers are working to develop new medications and technologies that may help children and teens with this condition. The CHAPERONE Study is a research study testing the safety and effectiveness of microdosed atropine eye solution to see if it slows the progression of myopia in children.
- Is your child between 3-12 years old?
- Does your child need glasses to see distant objects?
- Is your child able to go to periodic visits at the study clinic to check his/her vision and overall eye health over a 4-year period (11 scheduled visits will be required)?
- Are you available to speak with study staff by phone periodically between your child’s clinic visits to review your child’s experience using study medication?
This study is not for children who have:
- Used atropine or other myopia drug therapies
- Had prior eye surgery
- A systemic disease or condition that can affect their vision
The goal of this study is to determine whether measurements of the pupil’s reaction to light are associated with the presence of vision problems which are commonly observed after head trauma.
This study will compare how the pupil reacts to a flash of light (like a camera flash) in those with and without vision problems after TBI to see if this measure could be a widely available screener for vision problems.
If you are eligible and participate, you will be asked to read letters and follow targets with your eyes. You will also have your pupil reflexes measured with a short flash of light (similar to a camera flash).
- Be at least 7 years of age
- Have a history of head trauma, such as concussion
The purpose of the study is to determine if a daily eye drop will help slow the progression of nearsightedness in children.
Your child may be eligible for this study if he/she is:
*Ages 3- 17
Participants will complete visits for follow-up (every 6 months) and to pick up study eye drops (every 3 months).
Please have your child’s current eye glasses prescription available when you call.