A premature baby is a baby born before the 37th week of gestational age. As a normal pregnancy lasts 40 weeks, premature babies, or preemies, have less time to develop in the womb. This makes them more likely to have health complications or birth defects.
The US National Institute of Health acknowledges that children born preterm are at greater risk of ophthalmic conditions, including strabismus or retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) than children born at term. The experts note that premature birth is responsible for 35 percent of vision impairment cases as the final stages of vision development occur in the last few weeks of pregnancy. Accordingly, the risk of ocular abnormalities becomes one of the greatest fears for parents, as well as the physicians who care for preterm infants.
To prevent vision problems or its loss you should be aware of the risk and what you can do about it. Experts at Pediatric Eyes Associates assure you that routine ophthalmologic assessments in the early years can allow for appropriate and timely interventions.
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