Happy NICU Awareness Month!
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Every year, over 100,000 babies are cared for in a NICU in the UK. 1 in 7 babies born in the UK each year are admitted onto NICUs. Our risk group of low vision includes babies with birth gestation on a neonatal unit before 32 weeks plus children in community care and infants with known delayed visual maturation and visual impairment.
Today, as a result of developments in the field of intensive care, extremely premature babies are holding to life. Unfortunately, both term and preterm infants who spend months in incubators in neonatal intensive care units are far from visual stimuli. These babies can also be called low vision candidates, besides congenital cataracts, glaucoma and intraventricular hemorrhage which are causing low vision in infants and children.
Receiving proper ‘visual stimulation rehabilitation’ as they grow can make a huge difference for these children. That’s why, this NICU Awareness month, “can-eye” is hoping to reach as many parents of premature children as possible so that they are armed with the resources they need to help their child’s development.