The eyes of every pre-maturely born baby should be tested thoroughly within a month of birth to prevent permanent damage, according to L.V. Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) Paediatric Ophthalmology Department head Subhadra Jalali.
Conducting a workshop for paediatricians of the city and surrounding areas at the LVPEI here on Sunday, Dr. Jalalil said the condition called retinopathy of prematurity (RoP) should he detected before 30 days and after that the damage was permanent even though the eyes look normal.
She said the sight of the pre-mature babies could be saved if the defect was detected within 30 days.
Dr. Jalali said refractive error was another big cause for blindness in children. “The children will be suffering. They will be trying to read placing the book too close or watching television from too close, but nobody gets their eyes checked.
It was up to the paediatricians to come to the rescue of the child.
Squint was another condition that was not taken seriously because of many misconceptions.
“People think that squint is God's gift, but it could be caused because of cancer or other eye disorders that need immediate attention,” she said.
The workshop was conducted to celebrate the first anniversary of the David Brown Children's Eye Care Centre of LVPEI.
LVPEI consulting paediatric ophthalmologist Niranjan Pehere and Rainbow Hospital head and paediatrician Ramprasad spoke about various topics to the paediatricians.