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Study Finds Half of Childhood Blindness Cases Could Have Been Prevented

Study Finds Half of Childhood Blindness Cases Have Been Prevented

Severe vision loss, defined as having 20/200 vision in the better-seeing eye that cannot be improved with surgery, medication, or eyeglasses, poses significant challenges for children and their families.

However, what if a significant portion of these cases, even up to half, could be prevented? A recent study sheds light on the primary causes of childhood blindness and emphasizes the importance of early eye exams, starting right after birth and throughout the first year of a baby’s life, to prevent vision loss in children.

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What Are the Leading Causes of Blindness?

A recent study conducted by researchers from Stanford University and Hanyang University Seoul Hospital suggests that timely treatment can help many children with serious eye conditions retain their vision.

The study analyzed data from 961 blind children included in the IRIS® Registry, which is a comprehensive eye disease registry compiled by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

The researchers found that a significant number of children became blind due to conditions such as retinopathy of prematurity (31.3%), nystagmus (8.1%), and cataracts (6.7%). Importantly, the researchers noted that blindness resulting from these conditions can often be treated and even prevented with the right interventions.


Can Vision Loss Be Prevented in Children?

According to Scott R. Lambert, a co-author of the study and professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics at Stanford University, more efforts are required to prevent childhood blindness.

Lambert emphasized that retinopathy of prematurity remains a significant concern, and it should be addressed by all neonatal intensive care units to safeguard the vision of newborns. He also highlighted the issue of delays in cataract removal, which are leading to avoidable vision loss.

What can you do to protect your children’s precious vision?

Make sure to schedule regular eye check-ups for your child and have a conversation with our optical team in Mississauga. They can assist you in finding the perfect eyewear to ensure your child enjoys clear vision starting today!  


Q: Is it possible to reverse blindness in babies?

A: Regular eye check-ups by an eye doctor are crucial because, if certain eye conditions are detected early, it is often possible to reverse vision loss. That’s why it’s highly important to prioritize the regular examination of your child’s eyes.

Q: How often should children’s eyes be tested?

A: It is generally recommended that children have their eyes checked before the age of 6 months, followed by yearly exams at ages 1, 2, and 3, and before starting school. To ensure early detection of conditions like myopia (nearsightedness) or other eye problems, many optometrists suggest annual eye exams throughout the 12th grade.


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