When should children and young adults with sickle cell disease be referred for eye assessment?

@article{Babalola2001WhenSC,
  title={When should children and young adults with sickle cell disease be referred for eye assessment?},
  author={Olufemi Emmanuel Babalola and Charles O Wambebe},
  journal={African journal of medicine and medical sciences},
  year={2001},
  volume={30 4},
  pages={261-3}
}
Children and young adults who suffer from sickle cell disease (SCD) are at risk of blindness from retinopathy and other complications. The incidence of proliferative retinopathy in SCD patients varies from 5 to 10% depending on the genotype, being commoner in SC than SS and S-thal. 'Sudden' blinding sequelae such as vitreous haemmorrhage and tractional retinal detachment can eventuate from vasculo-proliferative retinal lesions, known as sea fans, in otherwise 'quiet' eyes. This risk can be… CONTINUE READING