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

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Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Theodore Wu
Dr. Theodore Wu
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Dr. Samuel Barone
Ophthalmology

In brief: Possibly

There is a condition known as retinopathy of prematurity that has been linked to oxygen supplementation in premature infants.
Neonatologists are very aware of this condition and babies born prematurely are routinely monitored for evidence of this condition by ophthalmologists. Treatment, usually with laser therapy, is available to protect the developing retina if necessary.

In brief: Possibly

There is a condition known as retinopathy of prematurity that has been linked to oxygen supplementation in premature infants.
Neonatologists are very aware of this condition and babies born prematurely are routinely monitored for evidence of this condition by ophthalmologists. Treatment, usually with laser therapy, is available to protect the developing retina if necessary.
Dr. Samuel Barone
Dr. Samuel Barone
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