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

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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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