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Will high levels of oxygen in an incubator cause bad eye sight?

Will high levels of oxygen in an incubator cause bad eye sight?

Oxygen and ROP: For premature infants, it is thought that the eye may develop retinopathy of prematurity, or rop, in relation to high levels of oxygen. This does not happen to all premature infants, however. If your child is in the hospital as a "premie", ask to have him/her examined by a retina specialist or pediatric ophthalmologist for this possible disease. ...Read more

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Eye Sight (Definition)

Sight is the sum of the light receptive and integrative capacity of the eye including best vision, color vision, night vision, depth vision, field of vision and the ability to track objects in motion. An ophthalmologist can measure these and determine the function of ...Read more


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Could high levels of oxygen in an incubator cause bad eye sight?

Could high levels of oxygen in an incubator cause bad eye sight?

Prematurity: The classic issue with high oxygen in premature babies is the production of a condition termed retinopathy of prematurity (rop) in which abnormal blood vessels course across the retina, scar down and cause distortion and destruction of the retina. Facilities with incubators are well aware of this and run the course between survival needs for oxygen and retinal damage. ...Read more

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Can high levels of oxygen in an incubator cause bad eye sight in kids?

Can high levels of oxygen in an incubator cause bad eye sight in kids?

Story of 1960s: Premature infants who were exposed to excessive oxygen exhibited retinal damage called retrolental fibrodysplagia, leading even to blindness. Since 1970s, monitoring of blood oxygen level has been a standard procedure whenever infant received extra oxygen. However, some premature infants especially extreme preemies continue to develop same complication today, known as retinopathy of prematurity. ...Read more

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Can high levels of oxygen in an incubator cause bad eye sight? Can any docs explain?

Can high levels of oxygen in an incubator cause bad eye sight? Can any docs explain?

Yes: When this happens it is called 'retinopathy of prematurity'. There is a constant weighing of options for prematures between enough oxygen to sustain life and too much which can cause retinopathy. The oxygen causes abnormal vessels to grow in the back of the eye with retinal distortion and various degrees of loss of vision. ...Read more

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What do I do if only one of my eyes has bad eye sight? Wear contacts in one?

What do I do if only one of my eyes has bad eye sight? Wear contacts in one?

Possibly: Depending on the cause of the poor vision, you may benefit from a contact in that eye or corrective surgery to have its prescription equal that of your better eye. If you have had poor vision in the one eye since you were young and you are now an adult, changing the prescription with contacts or surgery may still not improve its ability to see. ...Read more

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Only one of my eyes has bad eye sight. Is this rare?

Only one of my eyes has bad eye sight. Is this rare?

No: Many people see better with one eye. Not sure how you define bad. But all kinds of disease or trauma affects one eye only or first. Thus, we see many patients in the clinic with one poor eye. ...Read more

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Does poor eyesight cause puffy eyes/dark circles?

Does poor eyesight cause puffy eyes/dark circles?

No: Puffy lower eye lids are caused by many causes including, not enough rest, genetics, medical conditions or drug side affects. Your level of eye sight should not affect this. ...Read more

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If I have bad eyes will my children also have poor eyesight?

If I have bad eyes  will my children also have poor eyesight?

Maybe........: Certain visual problems, such as near-sightedness (myopia) are hereditary. It will, in part depend upon your partner also. ...Read more

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Can using your smartphone at night cause bad eye sight?

Can using your smartphone at night cause bad eye sight?

No: Using your eyes to see things is not going to hurt your eyes. Watching tv in the dark, reading in poor light, using a smartphone are all fine. At least it won't make your vision worse. "eye strain" is really just fatigue from working too hard to see. ...Read more

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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more