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MedWatch Today: Preemie Eye Care

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Dr. Derick Holt was recently featured in a MedWatch Today special, discussing how important it is for babies born prematurely to have their eyes checked.baby-hands-picture-id178709221

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a dangerous disease commonly found in infants born prematurely, can lead to blindness if not addressed in its early stages. Some preterm babies may not need the laser surgery required to repair ROP, but they may need glasses. In certain cases, if a doctor can make a diagnosis early enough they can prescribe eyeglasses. For babies, simply having corrective lenses can retrain the nerves in the baby’s eyes and they may not need glasses later on. To learn more about preemie eye care, watch the video here.