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Diagnosing health defects is not the only reason to conduct formal eye exams on infants.

Diagnosing health defects is not the only reason to conduct formal eye exams on infants. They can also detect a form of child abuse called "shaken baby syndrome" (SBS) as well. SBS can result in broken bones and blood clots in the brain, but it is often first distinguished by retinal hemorrhages. Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin found that doctors who were not ophthalmologists failed to detect the hemorrhages in 29 percent of 123 patients who were eventually admitted to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin with other injuries. Ophthalmologists subsequently diagnosed the hemorrhages.

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Publication:Sarasota Magazine
Date:Jun 22, 2005
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