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Low Birth Weight may be Linked to Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a degenerative disease of the eyes and is one of the most common causes for visual impairment in industrialised countries. In the past multiple studies have linked visual degeneration to low birth weight.     Fetal development is suspected to play a role in the development of age-related macular degeneration, but the link between low birth weight and AMD has not been well studied yet. To further investigate this link,…
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Anti-VEGF drug ranibizumab: A new treatment option against retinopathy of prematurity?

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is an eye disease that only occurs in very premature babies (usually preterm babies born before the 31st week or born with a birthweight below 1250 g). With ROP, unwanted blood vessels grow on the retina in the back of the baby’s eye that can lead to serious eye problems and even blindness. There are two main treatment approaches, laser surgery and anti-VEGF injections. The latter aims at inhibiting VEGF, the growth factor mainly responsible for…
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Collecting quality data is key: registries of babies treated for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) can improve health, care, and science

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is a disease of the eye affecting preterm born babies. It is characterised by changes in the developing blood vessels of the retina (the light-sensitive layer in the back of the eye that sends visual signals to the brain). All preterm babies born before around 31 weeks of pregnancy or having a birth weight of less than 1,250g to 1,500g need to have eye examinations by a specialised eye doctor, called ophthalmologist, to check how the…
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