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Eye disorders in newborn infants (excluding retinopathy of prematurity)
  1. Michael J Wan,
  2. Deborah K VanderVeen
  1. Department of Ophthalmology, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Deborah K VanderVeen, Department of Ophthalmology, Boston Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue, Fegan 4, Boston, MA 02115, USA; Deborah.VanderVeen{at}


A screening eye examination is an essential part of the newborn assessment. The detection of many ocular disorders in newborn infants can be achieved through careful observation of the infant's visual behaviour and the use of a direct ophthalmoscope to assess the ocular structures and check the red reflex. Early diagnosis and subspecialty referral can have a critical impact on the prognosis for many ocular conditions, including potentially blinding but treatable conditions such as congenital cataracts, life-threatening malignancies such as retinoblastoma and harbingers of disease elsewhere such as sporadic aniridia and its association with the development of Wilms tumour.

  • Ophthalmology
  • Screening
  • Paediatric Practice

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