Autism treatment "may cause eye damage"

Autism treatment "may cause eye damage"

A common therapy for children with autism may be causing them eye damage, a recent study in the US claimed.

Researchers at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Bnei-Zion Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, have found that therapeutic swings, which are frequently used by children with autism-spectrum disorder, were shedding metallic particles directly into their eyes.

Study author Dr Dean Bonsall, a resident at Cincinnati Children"s Hospital Medical Center and associate professor at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, said that such incidents could be easily avoided and urged more caution to protect children"s eyes.

"Raising awareness of this potential source of eye injury in children with autism is paramount. This type of injury is easily preventable by wearing protective eye wear or modifying the swing apparatus," he said.

Further caution was recently recommended by Dr Elizabeth Baze, deputy executive of the Eye Care Line at the Michael DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, who said that people exposing themselves to the sun in the spring and summer months should ensure their eyes are protected to avoid damage from UV rays.

by Alexa Kaczka

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