Blindness in premature babies could be prevented by the cancer drug Avastin, research has claimed.
A study looked at how the drug could be used to help babies at risk of going blind because their eyes are not fully developed, Reuters Health reported.
The research, which was carried out by the University of Texas Health Science Center and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that a single injection of Avastin is more effective at preventing "retinopathy of prematurity" than laser eye surgery, its usual treatment.
Study lead author Helen Mintz-Hittner of the University of Texas Health Science Center told the news provider that injecting the drug into the eyes is also simpler than laser surgery, although timing is important.
by Adrian Galbreth