By Mia De Graaf Health Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 16:00 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 16:00 BST, 1 April 2019
Light therapy shone in the eyes of premature infants could prevent vision problems down the line, a new study suggests.
Babies are't born with eyesight, but they have a 'molecular pathway' ready to regulate how blood vessels develop in the eye.
Myopia, severe nearsightedness, is common in people who were born too early because that pathway is usually underdeveloped in preemies.
Studying mice, researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have found a possible prevention treatment.
Shining beams of violet-colored light into the eyes of preemies balanced their neurotransmitters, priming their eyes to develop at the same pace as their peers.
'It raises the interesting possibility that we might be able to use light