Ophthalmic complications of premature birth: the optometric perspective

1 May 2001
Volume 02, Issue 2

This article aims to prepare the optometrist for the ocular and refractive problems associated with premature birth.

Abstract

In today’s world of advancing medical technology, the number of infants born prematurely and surviving to adulthood is rapidly increasing. This article aims to prepare the optometrist for the ocular and refractive problems that this may present in practice as well as give an overview of the ophthalmological input these patients receive in their early days of life. 

Many practitioners include a question about birth history in the preliminary history and symptoms part of their ocular examination. But what are the visual problems associated with premature birth?

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