03.30.18

Low Birthweight Tied to Lower Visual Acuity Decades Later

Source: Reuters

Individuals with low birthweight (BW) are more likely to have lower visual acuity and a higher myopic refractive error in adulthood, according to a new study from Germany, as reported by Reuters.

The study was part of a single-center, population-based observational cohort study that included 15,010 participants ages 35 to 74. Of those, 8,369 individuals were able to report their birthweights and were then divided into three groups based on low (<2,500 g), normal (2,500-4,000 g) and high birth weights (>4,000 g).

The low-BW group had significantly lower visual acuity compared with the normal-BW group, though there were no difference between the normal-BW and high-BW groups, according to Dr. Achim Fiess of the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and colleagues.

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