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Which babies are most prone to eye problems?

Babies born prematurely, as well as babies born with breathing problems or nerve problems, are more prone to certain eye problems. Although the eyes are one of the first organs in the body to begin developing, they are not completely developed until several weeks after birth, even in a baby born at full term. It is important for your newborn to have a complete eye exam by an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor trained in diseases of the eye) within the first few months of life.

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