|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 140-141
Treatment of 0.01% atropine eye drops induced convergence excess esotropia and rebound myopia managed with 1% atropine eye drops
Shairin Jahan, Mihir Kothari, Meghna Solanki
Department of Binocular Vision Disorders, Jyotirmay Eye Clinic for Children and Adult Squint and Ocular Motility Laboratory, Thane, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Submission||18-Mar-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||14-Jul-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||31-Dec-2020|
Dr. Mihir Kothari
Jyotirmay Eye Clinic for Children and Adult Squint, Ocular Motility Lab and Pediatric Low Vision Center, 104, 105 Kaalika Tower, Kolbad Road, Khopat, Thane West 400 601, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
We report a case of progressive childhood myopia who developed rebound myopia and convergence excess esotropia after switching from 1% atropine eye drops to 0.01% atropine eye drops. The esotropia recovered and myopia progression was arrested after stopping 0.01% atropine drops and resuming 1% atropine eye drops.
Keywords: Anticholinergic, atropine, convergence excess, esotropia, progressive myopia
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Jahan S, Kothari M, Solanki M. Treatment of 0.01% atropine eye drops induced convergence excess esotropia and rebound myopia managed with 1% atropine eye drops. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2021;1:140-1
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Jahan S, Kothari M, Solanki M. Treatment of 0.01% atropine eye drops induced convergence excess esotropia and rebound myopia managed with 1% atropine eye drops. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Oct 6];1:140-1. Available from: https://www.ijoreports.in/text.asp?2021/1/1/140/305529
A 10-year-old boy presented with the complaint of blurring of vision for distance since 1 month. He was using spectacle correction of –1.5DS (diopter sphere) since 8 months. His vision in both the eyes improved to 20/25 (0.1 logMAR) with –1.75DS –0.50DC (diopter cylinder) X180 in the right eye and –2.50DS in the left eye. On ocular examination, anterior segment and posterior segment of both the eyes were normal and he was orthotropic for near and distance in all cardinal positions of gaze. He was advised lifestyle modifications (outdoor physical activities in the daylight and break in the near activities) to slow the myopia progression. On his subsequent examinations [Figure 1], he was diagnosed with progressive myopia. His spectacle power increased to –3.75DS –0.75DCX10 in the right eye and –3.00DS –0.50DC X 165 in the left eye over 24 months. On his ocular examination, he was found to have flick esophoria for the near with the old refractive correction and after wearing full myopic correction.
For his myopia progression, he was advised 1% atropine eye drops (since low-dose atropine [LDA] was commercially unavailable in our country at that time) along with 90% photogrey progressive addition spectacles. 18 months following the use of 1% atropine eye drops, he developed photophobia and also complained of intolerable burning sensation. However, there was no clinical evidence of ocular allergy to atropine eye drops. On examination he was orthotropic for near and distance, his refractive error was also stable, and his anterior segment examination was normal. To treat his photophobia, 1% atropine drops were replaced with LDA (0.01% atropine) eye drops, once at bedtime, whereas the progressive addition photogrey lenses were continued.
At a 6-month follow-up, the patient had orthotropia for distance and poorly controlled esophoria (+16PD) for the near. The near esophoria was asymptomatic and relieved with +3.0DS addition to the distance vision correction. There was an increment of –0.50Ds in both the eyes. A diagnosis of worsening of near esodeviation (convergence excess esodeviation) and recurrence (rebound) myopia was made. The LDA was discontinued and the patient was followed up after 3 weeks. The accommodation, convergence, and esodeviation promptly normalized and the patient became orthotropic both for distance and near [Table 1].
|Table 1: Orthoptic workup of the patient after cessation of 0.01% atropine eye drops|
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To address his progressive myopia, 1% atropine eye drops at bedtime was started again. Three weeks following its usage, he had exophoria of –7PD for distance and –14PD for near and 9 months later, his myopia remained arrested and there was a well-controlled exophoria of -9PD for the near and distance. On the last follow-up visit, the patient had binocular sensory fusion on Bagolini striated glasses for near as well as distance, 200″ stereopsis on Lang test for the near and 1″ distance stereopsis on CP 690 projector chart system (Nidek, Japan).
| Discussion|| |
0.01% atropine eye drops or LDA has become a popular first-line treatment to retard the progression of childhood myopia., Modest reduction in accommodation in children using LDA is common and generally well tolerated.,,,, However, convergence excess type of esodeviation associated with the use of LDA in patients with preexisting fusional abnormalities is recently reported.
In that report, Kothari et al. reported three children who developed convergence excess esotropia (CEET) associated with the use of LDA that improved or resolved after cessation of the drops. However, all of them were previously operated for an exotropia and developed monofixation syndrome postoperatively. It was hypothesized that partial cycloplegia induced by LDA causes resistance to partially retained accommodative effort, and a reflex convergence is induced by excessive innervational stimulation of accommodation, thus causing increasing convergence excess esodeviation. When used for prolonged duration on a regular basis as used for retardation of myopia, LDA may affect accommodation––convergence relationship resulting in the convergence excess esotropia. Conversely, complete cycloplegia for a longer duration causes abolition of the accommodative efforts as is seen with the use of 1% atropine drops in this patient and in the patients with fully refractive accommodative esotropia.
Akin to this patient, in the authors' past experience, use of progressive addition lenses was futile to treat convergence excess esodeviation induced with the use of LDA. We hypothesize that use of PAL in children using LDA may not reliably relax the accommodation because children often continue to use the upper segment of their spectacles even during the period of their near activity.
Similar to our findings, in a previous study, Lyu et al. reported that partial cycloplegia was associated with a median increase of +10PD in 38% children who had a pre-existing esodeviation. A maximum increase of +25PD was reported, which recovered after the effect of cycloplegia subsided.
| Conclusion|| |
We recommend close monitoring of the children with near esophoria who are using LDA for myopia control and any worsening of the esodeviation should prompt cessation/shifting to 1% atropine. However, more such cases should be observed and larger series might help understand the management of these patients better.
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