Recent researches have revealed that low birth weight is a critical factor for age-related vision loss.
The experts of the University of Alberta have observed that mice with low birth weight were prone to vision loss as compared to their counterparts born with normal weight.
Further scientific investigations are required to find out whether same association exists in humans too.
Yves Sauvé, the Lead Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and a prominent researcher said, “The consequence of our findings is that we are providing evidence for the need for clinicians to log birth weights of their patients when assessing health.”
Sauvé further added, “Most age-related eye diseases fall in the category of complex diseases, meaning that many factors can compound the severity of the risk, and birth weight could be one of those factors. Our finding points to the need to pursue more studies on the potential link between low birth weights at term and the risk of developing age-related vision losses.”
Sauve’s team discovered that the rats enrolled for the purpose of study not only had vision problems during day but also faced disturbed vision during night.
Sauve study was financially aided by AIHS, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Royal Alex Hospital Foundation, and the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.