Review Article| Volume 31, ISSUE 2, P199-216, June 2004

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Early neurosensory visual development of the fetus and newborn

      Understanding the processes involved in early visual development in the human fetus and newborn is essential in clinical efforts to support and protect early neurosensory development. While this knowledge is important in the care of the infant and young child, it is of critical importance in the care of preterm and other high-risk infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). High noise levels, bright lights, sleep deprivation, and long-term sedation all affect the processes of early visual development.
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