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Prevent Blindness Declares December
as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month

By Daniel Feldman - Copyright The Optical Journal

Last year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a report stating there were an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. Forty-four percent of the estimated injuries were to the head and face area, the most commonly affected area of the body.

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Revised Criteria Lead to More Accurate
Screening for Eye Disease in Premature Infants

If implemented, this screening approach could considerably reduce both unnecessary health care costs and physically stressful retinal examinations for premature infants.

By Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Copyright Medical Xpress

A multicenter group of 41 hospitals led by researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has confirmed that an improved method for predicting retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a leading cause of blindness in children, was able to reduce the number of babies having invasive diagnostic examinations by nearly a third, while raising disease detection up to 100 percent.

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Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Linked to
Choroidal Thinning in Children

By Healthday - Copyright Medical Xpress

Exposure to secondhand smoking is associated with choroidal thinning (the vascular layer of the eye) among children aged 6 to 8 years, according to a study published online Oct. 17 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Babies in Womb Might See More Than We Thought

By Invision Staff - Copyright Invision Magazine

By the second trimester, long before a baby’s eyes can see images, they can detect light. But the light-sensitive cells in the developing retina were thought to be simple on-off switches, presumably there to set up the 24-hour, day-night rhythms parents hope their baby will follow.

University of California, Berkeley, scientists have now found evidence that these simple cells actually talk to one another as part of an interconnected network that gives the retina more light sensitivity than once thought, and that may enhance the influence of light on behavior and brain development in unsuspected ways.

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