Low birth weight could be factor for age-related sight loss

Washington, June 13 (ANI): Researchers have claimed that people who were born with a low birth weight could be likelier to develop age-related vision loss.

Medical researchers at the University of Alberta recently published their findings that rats with restricted growth in the womb, causing low birth weights when born, were most susceptible to developing age-related vision loss, compared to their normal weight counterparts.

The research team members say additional work needs to be done to see if this same link exists in people, and if it does, doctors will need to better monitor vision concerns in adults who were born with a low birth weight.

Yves Sauve, the lead Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry researcher on the team said that the consequence of their findings is that they are providing evidence for the need for clinicians to log birth weights of their patients when assessing health.

He said that 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.

Sauve and his colleagues noted that not only did the lab models have overall poorer vision as they aged, they specifically had poorer night vision.

It is normal for night vision to be slightly affected with age, but loss of night vision was worse as these lab models aged. (ANI)

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