A daily treatment could slow the rate at which children"s sight deteriorates, according to new research.
Pirenzepine could delay the speed at which progressive myopia progresses in children and therefore also the need for glasses or contact lenses.
The findings of the study - published in a previous issue of the Journal of the American Association for Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, revealed positive results.
Children with myopia treated with pirenzepine gel did not experience sight deterioration at the same rate as those administered an inactive placebo gel.
The study noted that myopia is the leading cause of loss of vision in the world and the scientists also suggested that effective treatments to prevent or delay it could reduce the risk of serious complications such as detached retina and glaucoma.
Children can wear contact lenses as well as being prescribed glasses for their nearsightedness - an optician will be able to advise on the most suitable.
by Emily Tait