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Eye condition in SCD as common in children as adults: US study


More than 1 in 3 children and adolescents with sickle cell disease (SCD) develop retinopathy, or damage to the blood vessels in the retina, the light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the eye, according to a new U.S. study. “Our data underscores the need for patients — including pediatric patients — with sickle cell disease to get routine ophthalmic [eye] screenings along with appropriate [whole-body] and ophthalmic treatment,” Mary Ellen Hoehn, MD, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the study’s lead author, said in a press release.

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