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Ophthalmologic Outcome at 30 Months Corrected Age of a Prospective Swedish Cohort of Children Born Before 27 Weeks of Gestation The Extremely Preterm Infants in Sweden Study
University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden .
Lund University, Sweden .
University of Gothenburg, Sweden .
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuroscience. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Ophthalmology in Linköping.
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2014 (English)In: JAMA OPHTHALMOLOGY, ISSN 2168-6165, Vol. 132, no 2, 182-189 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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IMPORTANCE Follow-up at 30 months corrected age reveals eye and visual problems in one-third of children born extremely prematurely (less than27 weeks gestation). OBJECTIVE To investigate the ophthalmologic outcome of extremely preterm children at 30 months corrected age. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS A prospective, population-based follow-up study (Extremely Preterm Infants in Sweden Study [EXPRESS]) was conducted in Sweden. The population included extremely preterm infants (less than27 weeks gestation) born in Sweden between 2004 and 2007, of whom 491 survived until age 2.5 years. Screening for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) was performed in the neonatal period. At 30 months corrected age, an ophthalmologic assessment was performed in 411 of 491 children (83.7%). MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES Visual acuity, manifest strabismus, and refractive errors were evaluated. RESULTS Visual impairment was identified in 3.1% of the children, and 1.0% were blind. Refractive errors, defined as myopia less than -3 diopters (D), hypermetropia greater than +3 D, astigmatism 2 D or more, and/or anisometropia 2 D or more, were found in 25.6% of the children, and 14.1% had manifest strabismus. There were significant associations between visual impairment and treated ROP (P = .02), cognitive disability (P less than .001), and birth weight (P = .02). Multiple regression analyses revealed significant associations between strabismus and treated ROP (P less than .001), cognitive disability (P less than .01), and cerebral palsy (P = .02). Refractive errors were significantly correlated with severity of ROP (right eye, P less than .001; left eye, P less than .01). Children who had been treated for ROP had the highest frequency (69.0%) of eye and visual abnormalities. CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE One-third of the extremely prematurely born children in this study had some kind of eye or visual problems, such as visual impairment, strabismus, or major refractive error. Despite being born extremely preterm, the present cohort has a similar prevalence of blindness and visual impairment as in previous Swedish cohorts of children born less prematurely.

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American Medical Association (AMA) , 2014. Vol. 132, no 2, 182-189 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-105413DOI: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.5812ISI: 000331367600010OAI: diva2:706654
Available from: 2014-03-21 Created: 2014-03-21 Last updated: 2014-03-21

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