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Blindness in children receiving oxygen therapy: risk-reducing strategies
 
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Oxygen is a necessary treatment for many children with lung disease, but there are some risks associated with it. Most of these risks are preventable and can be managed by using proper safety precautions.
One risk is blindness in children receiving oxygen therapy. This occurs when the retina is damaged by oxygen bubbles that form within the eye. The bubbles can cause retinal detachment, which leads to blindness in some cases. While this risk is very low (less than 1%), it’s important to take steps to reduce your child’s chances of developing it.
The main way to reduce your child’s chances of developing retinal detachment is by keeping them from sleeping with their head in an elevated position or with their feet down. If you’re using a nasal cannula at home or at school, make sure it’s properly fitted and positioned so that it doesn’t rub against the eyes or face during sleep time—even if your child sleeps on his/her side instead of on their back!
 
 
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Blindness in children receiving oxygen therapy: risk-reducing strategies