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Development of Vision and Refractive Error

In this study, we are investigating the development of vision and refractive error (near- or farsightedness) in infants who were born prematurely.

Nearsightedness is a frequent problem among children who have been born early. We believe that the retina, which is affected by retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), governs whether the eye will grow to become nearsighted (myopic) or farsighted (hyperopic). Therefore, we are conducting a study of retinal function of premature infants, some of whom had ROP and others who did not have ROP. We would like to follow each child with tests of retinal function and measurements for myopia or hyperopia starting at age 10 weeks post-term and continuing until age 3 years. We are also testing the retinal function of infants born at term at age 10 weeks to provide control data.

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