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Half of Cases of Childhood Blindness in U.S. Didn’t Have to Happen
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Half of Cases of Childhood Blindness in U.S. Didn’t Have to Happen

By By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter, HealthDay Reporter(HealthDay)WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of sightless children in the United States did not have to lose their vision, according to a new study.The findings suggest the need to prioritize addressing preventable vision loss in all children in America, said study co-author Dr. Scott Lambert, a professor of ophthalmology at Stanford University in California.He recalled the story of a child diagnosed with cataracts at 3 weeks old. English was not the parents' first language. Despite near weekly calls, it took eight months to get a referral for surgery, even though the baby was insured though Medicaid, Lambert said.Researchers analyzed the IRIS Registry, which has comprehensive data on eye disease. They found...