Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a problem with the eyes of premature babies. It is common in babies born at or before 30 weeks. And it is common in babies under 1.5 kilograms.
After premature birth, the retina keeps forming. Sometimes, abnormal blood vessels grow around the edges. In severe cases, the retina detaches from the eye.
Mild cases may cause crossed eyes and nearsightedness. In more severe cases, there is a risk of vision loss. In those cases, the doctor may do surgery or may inject medicine into the eye.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to
know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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