Researchers have found evidence that may lead to the prevention of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Infants born prematurely are susceptible to vision impairment, including blindness. Studies found a correlation between ROP and low levels of the fatty acid arachidonic acid within the bloodstream. The presence of low level increases an infant’s likelihood of impairment. Future research is still needed to confirm early indications of prevention. Research among 210 is planned in Sweden to further confirm early optimism.
- Premature babies at risk of blindness from the eye condition retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) might now be protected by a new discovery.
- A possible cause for ROP has been found by measuring elevated arachidonic acid.
- Supplements of omega-3 and omega-6 acids which are important for nerve and blood vessel construction to test the hypothesized causal link.
“What we believe and hope is that providing the children with arachidonic acid will raise the levels and reduce the amount of ROP to minimize the risk of children becoming blind”