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Subspecialties Retina

Early Learning

When babies are born pre-term, the final stages of retinal development can be disrupted by the intensive oxygen therapy administered to compensate for underdeveloped lungs, leading to retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in some cases – and potentially blindness. It’s why many researchers are on a quest to determine how best to support the ongoing retinal development and avoid disease.

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  1. ClinicalTrials.gov. “A fatty acids study in preventing retinopathy of prematurity: NCT02760472”. Available at: bit.ly/DonnaMega. Accessed February 15, 2018.
  2. CA Löfqvist et al., “Association of retinopathy of prematurity with low levels of arachidonic acid”, JAMA Ophthalmol, [Epub ahead of print], (2018). PMID: 29423508.
  3. Margareta Gustafsson Kubista. “New discovery offers hope of protecting premature babies from blindness”. Available at: bit.ly/ROPDiscovery. Accessed: February 15, 2018.

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