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April 2006

We Can Aim at Better Results in Coming Years

Arch Ophthalmol. 2006;124(4):604-605. doi:10.1001/archopht.124.4.604-b

In the article by Palmer et al1 entitled “15-Year Outcomes Following Threshold Retinopathy of Prematurity: Final Results From the Multicenter Trial of Cryotherapy for Retinopathy of Prematurity” and the accompanying editorial by Fielder2 in the March 2005 issue of the ARCHIVES, the 15-year follow-up results suggest that outcomes were considered favorable if visual acuity was 20/60 to 20/200.1,3 However, these children would have low vision, and many would not be able to read the blackboard or get a driver's license. Squint, which causes a permanent cosmetic blemish, was not considered an adverse outcome,1,3 even though this occurs many weeks postnatally owing to macular dragging.

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