Official Title

Echothiophate Iodide for the Prevention of Progression of Myopia
  • Phase

    Phase 4
  • Study Type

  • Status

    Unknown status
  • Intervention/Treatment

    cellulose echothiophate ...
  • Study Participants

The purpose of this study is to test the hypothesis that myopia progression can be slowed or prevented by low dose Echothiophate Iodide.
This pilot study is designed to establish proof of concept of a method to either slow or stop the progression of myopia in children between the ages of 8 and 15 years by using Echothiophate Iodide eye drops to alter the relationship between focusing (accommodation), eye alignment, and peripheral blurring. Echothiophate Iodide 0.03% eye drops have been used for years for the treatment of accommodative esotropia in children. A prospective double blind randomized study of 33 children with active development of myopia will be divided into a treatment group of 22 and a control group of 11. They will be treated for 18 weeks with four planned visits at 6 week intervals. The progression of myopia will be measured by a determination of the length of the eye (axial length measured by the IOL Master) and cycloplegic refractions. Influencing factors such as corneal changes, lens changes and macular choroidal thickness will be monitored for any significance. If successful, a larger and longer study to slow the rate of myopia with echothiophate iodide will be done in order to decrease the world's incidence of myopia currently at 25-33% in western countries and 85% in Asian countries. This would also reduce the financial burden of glasses and contact lenses as well as decrease the incidence of pathological eye disease due to high myopia.
Study Started
Jun 30
Primary Completion
Jun 30
Study Completion
Oct 31
Last Update
Sep 09

Drug Echothiophate Iodide 0.03% Ophthalmic Solution

one drop to each eye three times per week for 18 weeks

  • Other names: Phospholine Iodiede 0.03% ophththalmic solution

Drug Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium (0.5%)

one drop to each eye three times per week for 18 weeks

  • Other names: Refresh

Echothiophate Iodide Experimental

Echothiophate Iodide 0.03% one drop to each eye three times per week for 18 weeks

Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium (0.5%) Placebo Comparator

Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium (0.5%) one drop to each eye three times per week for 18 weeks


Inclusion Criteria:

Healthy children between 8-15 years of age
Documentation of progression of myopia within the 12 months prior to enrollment
Written informed consent/Assent for the study

Exclusion Criteria:

Any history of retinopathy of prematurity, glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disease, uveitis, manifest strabismus, nystagmus or ocular trauma
Any history of unstable asthma, diabetes, or juvenile idiopathic arthritis Asthma must be stable for three months prior to enrollment if utilizing oral or inhaled steroids
Systemic muscarinic agents, steroids, or anticholinesterase agents.
Benzalkonium chloride preservative allergy.
Astigmatism >0.75D
Anisometropia >1.50D
Pregnancy or a positive pregnancy test at the screening visit.
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