Strategy Confirmed to Help Doctors Determine When to Treat Retinopathy of Prematurity – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Through an eye exam, doctors can identify infants who are most likely to benefit from early treatment for a potentially blinding eye condition called retinopathy of prematurity. Dr. Brian Brooks, from the National Eye Institute explains it affects babies that are born prematurely.
Brooks: Normally, during the last weeks of gestation, the blood vessels in the back of the eye called the retina are continuing to grow and mature. When an infant is born prematurely the change in that infant's environment sometimes results in differences and changes that are abnormal in how the blood vessels are forming.
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