Babies need exposure to develop healthy eyes, according to new research, Medical Daily reports.
A new study on mice, published in the journal Nature, found that the eyes need light for healthy development during pregnancy.
Researchers say the study offers a new understanding of fetal eye development and eye diseases caused by vascular disorders such as retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) that can blind premature infants.
Researchers say that it's important for a sufficient number of photons to enter the mother's body by the late stages of pregnancy. These photons of light activate a protein called melanopsin in the fetus, which helps to trigger normal development of blood vessels and retinal neurons in the eye.
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