Preterm infants show reduced retinal sensitivity at term corrected age compared with newborn term infants. We tested the hypothesis that retinal sensitivity in preterm infants is improved by early, high-dose vitamin A. We report a double-blind, randomized controlled trial of infants <32 weeks’ gestation and/or <1501 g birth weight. Supplemented infants received additional intramuscular vitamin A 10 000 IU 3 times weekly from day 2 for a minimum of 2 weeks or until establishment of oral feeding. Hepatic stores were assessed by relative dose response (RDR). The primary outcome measure was cone-corrected dark-adapted retinal rod sensitivity measured by electroretinogram at 36 weeks’ postmenstrual age (PMA).
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