Light saves sight for premature babies

25 September 2013

Blindness in premature babies could be prevented by a new treatment developed at JCSMR.

“As our sight develops, blood vessels grow at the back of our eyes to provide nutrients and oxygen to the retinas,” says Dr Krisztina Valter of The Vision Centre.

“However, in premature babies these retinal vessels are not fully developed, and when these babies are placed under oxygen therapy to support their immature lungs, the high levels of oxygen can release free radicals in the retina, causing damage in the tissue.”