Fish Oil May Protect Premature Babies’ Eyesight

Perhaps nowhere in the body is the adage “you are what you eat” so true as in your eyes, a link scientists are banking on in a novel bid to save premature babies’ vision.

Doctors are about to begin testing whether fish oils could prevent a disease that can silently attack behind preemies’ tiny eyelids, one that strikes about 16,000 U.S. infants a year and blinds hundreds.

It’s part of research into a trio of apparently eye-healthy compounds that babies born too early miss absorbing from their mothers — research gaining increasing attention as more and babies are born premature and at risk.

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