Beams of violet light shone into the eyes of preemies could prevent vision ...

Beams of violet light shone into the eyes of preemies could prevent vision problems in later life, study finds Severe nearsightedness is common in people who were born too early  Preemies tend to have underdeveloped pathways necessary for forming blood vessels in the eye  But beams of violet light could help regulate that pathway, a new US study found

By Mia De Graaf Health Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 16:00 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 16:00 BST, 1 April 2019

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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

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