What is myopia?

Myopia is commonly known as “short-sightedness” and causes distant objects to appear blurry.

This happens when the eye grows too long (front to back), so light does not focus accurately on the retina.

Myopia tends to increase during school years as the eye continues to grow. This results in the need for stronger glass or contact lens prescriptions.

Myopia can affect a child’s self-image and it may impact a child’s ability to participate in sports.

Having myopic parents puts a child at greater risk for developing myopia during the school years.

The CHAMP study

Ulster University is a participant in The Childhood Atropine for Myopia Progression (CHAMP) Study.

What is the CHAMP study?

The purpose of this study is to see if a study eye drop can slow the progression of myopia in children.

Two different doses of the study eye drop will be compared to a placebo eye drop, which looks like the study eye drop but contains no active medication.

The study will determine how well the study eye drop works, while also checking its safety.

The results of this study may help children with short-sightedness in the future.

By participating in this study, the child becomes an important part of the effort to learn more about myopia and how to slow down the myopic progression that usually happens in childhood.

The study eye drop has not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is considered “investigational.”

Why are we investigating an alternative to myopia correction?

  • Children often become frustrated with myopia correction
  • Replacing outdated prescriptions with new glasses and contact lenses is costly
  • Frequent eye visits are necessary

Who is eligible to participate in the CHAMP study?

To be considered for participation in this study, the child must:

  • Have myopia in both eyes
  • Be age 3 to less than 11 years old at the start of the study

Further screening questions will be asked prior to scheduling an appointment.

What happens if we participate in the CHAMP Study?

  • The child will use the study eye drops every day.
  • The child will have eye examination visits with an eyecare professional twice a year for the next 4 years.
  • If the child receives placebo eye drops during the first part of the study, he or she will be given the study eye drops during the last part of the study.

How can I find out more information on the CHAMP study?

Recruitment for the CHAMP study at Ulster University has now closed, however, if you would like more information on the study, or are interested in future myopia research, please contact one of the CHAMP team members using the information below.