In most situations, children are unable to clearly explain their symptoms; all they can do is cry to express their discomfort. This problem becomes even worse when it comes to babies with congenital eye disease. These children don’t audibly express that something is wrong, which makes diagnosing eye disease in infants much harder. It also puts an extra requirement on parents and pediatric doctors – they must be like detectives, finding clues and making deductions.
According to World Health Organization estimates, there are around 19 million children in the world suffering from visual impairment. With timely intervention, 70–80% of them can have their problems prevented or treated. In this context, the timing of diagnosis and treatment becomes the key to deciding these children’s futures.
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