Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Visual Processing in Low Birth Weight and/or Extremely Preterm

Pediatrics published research on the visual processing of 228 adolescents with a history of extreme low birth weight (less than 1000g) and/or extremely preterm (less than 28 weeks gestation).  Compared to a control group the extreme low birth weight and/or extreme preterm adolescents  exhibited the following:
  • significantly worse visual acuity with habitual correction in both the left and right eyes
  • poorer stereopsis and convergence 
  • more problems with visual perception after habitual correction. 
Reference: Carly S. Molloy et al.Visual Processing in Adolescents Born Extremely Low Birth Weight and/or Extremely Preterm. Pediatrics peds.2013-0040; published ahead of print August 5, 2013, doi:10.1542/peds.2013-0040

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