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Number of laser shot treatments influences degree of myopia in ROP

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The number of laser shots applied in photocoagulation treatment for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is significantly associated with the degree of myopia seen in treated children at 3 years of age, according to a study.

In 34 infants with ROP (68 eyes) treated by diode laser therapy, the number of laser shots applied was significantly higher for the eyes with high myopia in the children at 3 years old than for those without high myopia (P = 0.0088).

In addition, a significant correlation was noted between the differences in the spherical equivalent values between the 2 eyes and the differences in the number of laser shots applied between the 2 eyes (P = 0.0013).

Reference
Inoue T, Asaoka R, Hashimoto Y, et al. Does the number of laser applications for ROP treatment influence the degree of myopia? Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2020. doi: 10.1007/s00417-020-04946-8. Epub ahead of print.

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