Early treatment "better for retinopathy"

Early treatment "better for retinopathy"

Earlier treatment may be better for young people suffering from retinopathy, according to a new study.

Research printed in the in a recent issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, suggested that certain children with the visual condition known as retinopathy of prematurity can see better at the age of 6 if they receive treatment early.

In addition, the report, conducted by the Early Treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity Cooperative Group, also showed that there were two forms of the condition - type 1 and type 2 - with some patients benefitting more from observation than early treatment.

"The analysis identified eyes with characteristics indicating a benefit for early treatment (type 1) and eyes that could be observed (type 2), with treatment offered if the disease progressed to type 1," the authors wrote.

It followes a similar published study in the American Journal of Ophthalmology which showed that children with the eye condition exotropia have a 91 per cent chance of becoming near-sighted within 20 years.

by Alexa Kaczka

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