Retinopathy of prematurity:
Premature babies are at risk for development of abnormal growth
of retinal blood vessels. This may result in scarring and damage
to the retina, including retinal detachment.
Retinopathy of prematurity is often mild and may resolve
spontaneously , but in cases where progression is noted
treatment with laser can significantly improve prognosis.
All premature babies are screened for ROP. If a problem is
identified, screening will continue at regular intervals. If
treatment is deemed necessary,
surgery, usually with laser
cryotherapy, a kind of freezing, is performed.
Please note that new improved
standards have recently been adopted based in the Early
Treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity. This presentation does
not yet incorporate all the newest standards. It is meant to
provide you with an overview of the condition.
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