Experts target baby blindness cure

Experts target baby blindness cure

Experts in the UK are aiming to reduce incidences of one of the leading causes of blindness in children in the country.

A team from the Centre for Vision and Vascular Science at Queen"s University in Belfast is aiming cure retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), which often leads to blindness in premature babies.

The condition mainly endangers the 3,000 babies who are born more than 12 weeks early each year in the UK, but a team led by Dr Denise McDonald is aiming to tackle the disease at a very early stage to minimise the damaging effects.

They are looking for possible new treatments which will protect the retinal blood vessels from the effect of high oxygen which occurs in stage one of ROP.

Meanwhile, Tasmanian health minister Michelle O"Byrne explained how testing can help eyecare professionals detect diabetic retinopathy in young people and prevent blindness.

by Emily Tait

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