Refractive and biometric status of children born premature without retinopathy of prematurity

Sharanjeet-Kaur, and Norlaila Mat Daud, and Chung, Kah Meng and Azrin E. Ariffin, and Boo Nemyun, and Ong, Lai Choo (2010) Refractive and biometric status of children born premature without retinopathy of prematurity. Sains Malaysiana, 39 (5). pp. 859-862. ISSN 0126-6039


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A cross-sectional study was undertaken to determine the refractive and biometric status of premature children without Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and full term children. Fifty eight children between the ages of 3 and 7 years (32 children born premature without ROP and another 26 children born full term and normal) were examined. Refractive error, corneal curvature, axial length, anterior chamber depth and crystalline lens thickness were determined. The results revealed that children between the age of 3 years and 7 years were emmetropic, irrespective of whether they were born premature without ROP or full term. However, children born premature without ROP had significantly steeper corneas (t = 3.14, p = 0.0349), shorter axial lengths (t = 3.18, p = 0.0313) and thicker crystalline lens (t = 3.31, p = 0.0256) compared to children born full term within the same age group. This study suggests that compensation in ocular parameters can occur to maintain emmetropia, mainly by adjustment of axial length and corneal curvature.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Axial length; corneal curvature; crystalline lens thickness; premature without retinopathy of prematurity; refractive error
Journal:Sains Malaysiana
ID Code:7417
Deposited By: Mr Fazli Nafiah -
Deposited On:11 Aug 2014 08:26
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