Low Birth Weight Tied to Altered Eye Anatomy in Adulthood

Source: Reuters

Low birth weight appears to increase the chances of having thinner central cornea and other ocular anomalies in adulthood, according to a new study from Germany, as reported by Reuters.

“With our data we provide new insight into the long-term effects of low birth weight, suggesting that prenatal growth development and associated factors are linked to alterations in ocular geometry that persist beyond childhood,” Dr. Achim Fiess of Johannes Gutenberg University, in Mainz, told Reuters Health by email.

The link between low birth weight and altered ocular development in childhood has already been established, but there have been no population-based studies about a possible association in adulthood, Dr. Fiess and colleagues note in JAMA Ophthalmology, online February 21.

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