Low-dose (0.01%) atropine eye-drops to reduce progression of myopia in children:a multicentre placebo-controlled randomised trial in the UK (CHAMP-UK)—study protocol


Background/aims: To report the protocol of a trial designed to evaluate the efficacy, safety and mechanism of action of low-dose atropine (0.01%) eye-drops for reducing progression of myopia in UK children. Methods: Multicentre, double-masked, superiority, placebo-controlled, randomised trial. We will enrol children aged 6-12 years with myopia of -0.50 dioptres or worse in both eyes. We will recruit 289 participants with an allocation ratio of 2:1 (193 atropine; 96 placebo) from five centres. Participants will instil one drop in each eye every day for 2 years and attend a research centre every 6 months. The vehicle and preservative will be the same in both study arms. The primary outcome is SER of both eyes measured by autorefractor under cycloplegia at 2 years (adjusted for baseline). Secondary outcomes include axial length, best corrected distance visual acuity, near visual acuity, reading speed, pupil diameter, accommodation, adverse event rates and allergic reactions, quality of life (EQ-5D-Y) and tolerability at 2 years. Mechanistic evaluations will include: peripheral axial length, peripheral retinal defocus, anterior chamber depth, iris colour, height and weight, activities questionnaire, ciliary body biometry and chorioretinal thickness. Endpoints from both eyes will be pooled in combined analysis using generalised estimating equations to allow for the correlation between eyes within participant. Three years after cessation of treatment, we will also evaluate refractive error and adverse events. Conclusions: The Childhood Atropine for Myopia Progression in the UK study will be the first randomised trial reporting outcomes of low-dose atropine eye-drops for children with myopia in a UK population.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bjophthalmol-2019-314819
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Optometry
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Optometry & Vision Science Research Group (OVSRG)
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Vision, Hearing and Language
College of Health & Life Sciences
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Uncontrolled Keywords: child health (paediatrics),clinical trial,drugs,optics and refraction,treatment medical,Ophthalmology,Sensory Systems,Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Publication ISSN: 1468-2079
Last Modified: 20 May 2024 07:34
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2019 08:10
Full Text Link: http://www.isrc ... /ISRCTN99883695
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2020-07
Published Online Date: 2019-10-25
Accepted Date: 2019-10-05
Authors: Azuara-Blanco, Augusto
Logan, Nicola (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0538-9516)
Strang, Niall
Saunders, Kathryn
Allen, Peter M
Weir, Ruth
Doherty, Paul
Adams, Catherine
Gardner, Evie
Hogg, Ruth
McFarland, Margaret
Preston, Jennifer
Verghis, Rejina
Loughman, James J
Flitcroft, Ian
Mackey, David A
Lee, Samantha Sze-Yee
Hammond, Christopher
Congdon, Nathan
Clarke, Mike


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