Western Australia Atropine for the Treatment of Myopia (WA-ATOM) study: Rationale, methodology and participant baseline characteristics

Samantha S.Y. Lee, David A. Mackey, Gareth Lingham, Julie M. Crewe, Fred K. Chen, Jason Charng, Fletcher Ng, Ian Flitcroft, James J. Loughman, Augusto Azuara-Blanco, Nicola S. Logan, Christopher J. Hammond, Audrey Chia, Michael D. Richards, Tan Tai Truong, Antony Clark*

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Abstract

Importance: Atropine eyedrops are a promising treatment for slowing myopia progression in East Asian children. However, its effects on children in Australia, including those of non-Asian background, have not been well-studied. Background: The Western Australia Atropine for the Treatment of Myopia (WA-ATOM) study aims to determine the efficacy and long-term effects of low-dose atropine eyedrops in myopia control. This paper describes the study rationale, methodology and participant baseline characteristics. Design: Single-centre, double-masked, randomized controlled trial. Participants: Children (6-16 years) with spherical equivalent ≤−1.50 D in each eye, astigmatism ≤1.50 D and myopia progression by ≥0.50 D/year. Methods: Enrolled children were randomly assigned 2:1 to receive 0.01% atropine or placebo eyedrops. Participants are examined every 6 months during first 3 years of the study (2-year treatment phase followed by a 1-year washout phase), and then at a 5-year follow-up (2 years after the end of the washout phase). Main Outcome Measures: Annual progression rate of myopia and axial length, tolerability to eyedrops and incidence and severity of unwanted effects. Results: Out of 311 children who were referred, 242 were suitable for study participation, and 153 were subsequently enrolled. The baseline characteristics of enrolled participants are presented. Conclusions and Relevance: Outcomes of the WA-ATOM study will inform on the efficacy, tolerability, safety and long-term effects of low-dose atropine eyedrops in myopia control in Australian children. The impact of ocular sun exposure, iris colour and parental myopia on the efficacy of low-dose atropine will also be assessed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-579
Number of pages11
JournalClinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Volume48
Issue number5
Early online date1 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • atropine eyedrop
  • myopia
  • myopia control
  • myopia treatment

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