What is Retinopathy of Prematurity?
Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) occurs due to abnormal growth of blood vessels in an infant’s eye. During development, blood vessels grow from the central part of the retina outwards. This process is completed few weeks before the normal time of delivery. However in premature babies, it is incomplete. If blood vessels grow normally, ROP does not occur. On the contrary, if the vessels grow and branch abnormally the baby develops ROP.
Once treated, lifelong followup is mandatory. All other premature infants irrespective of having ROP six monthly followup till the age of 5 years is advisable to rule out sequelae.
- Refractive errors (most common)
- Amblyopia (Lazy eye)
- Retinal Detachment
What you need to do?
It is of utmost importance to refer premature babies to an ophthalmologist (Retina Specialist) on time. Follow the ‘30 day’ strategy. These examinations could save your patient’s sight.
Hence, prompt and timely referral is warranted.
For further information, contact RoP Clinic – Aravind Eye Hospitals
Madurai, Phone No: (0452) 435 6100
Theni, Phone No: (04546) 252 658
Tirunelveli, Phone No: (0462) 435 6100
Coimbatore, PhoneNo: (0422) 436 0400
Pondicherry, Phone No: (0413) 261 9100
Salem, Phone No: (0427) 235 6100
Chennai, Phone No: (044) 409 56100
Tirupati, Phone No: (0877) 2502100