Wednesday, November 6, 2013

PAM FOD #5 - When you're born and you don't open your eyes

Prematurity Awareness Month
Fact of the Day
Day 5

Q: How does prematurity impact the eyes? (Part One)
A: For some babies, they are born with their eyes still fused together. Jonathan's eyes were not only fused together, they remained that way until he was exactly two weeks old (or a gestational age of a day or so past 25 weeks). At one point whether or not your eyes were fused at birth was used as an indicator to determine possible viability. I am grateful that that rather unreliable test is not considered valid any more!

It's easy to take for granted being able to look into your newborn's eyes at birth. For some of us parents, we have to wait a while!

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