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Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
Premature babies are the primary risk group for Retinopathy of Prematurity. In nut shell, the smaller and premature the infant is, the more risky it becomes for the same to develop ROP.

What happens in Retinopathy of Prematurity?

When a baby is born premature, he is at the greatest risk to have retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), an eye disorder that can cause to vision loss. Sometimes babies born with ROP get better with time and hardly needs any treatment.

Premature babies who weigh less than 2.5 pounds and are born before the 31st week of pregnancy are prone to have ROP, because the blood vessels that feed the retina continue growing abnormally and randomly which can lead to some unignorable vision problems like:

Glaucoma
Lazy eye (amblyopia)
Crossed eyes (strabismus)
Nearsightedness (myopia)
Severe And Untreated ROP May Lead To The Following Symptoms

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) Symptoms

Many of the signs of retinopathy of prematurity happen deep inside the eye, which means you won’t be able to see them just by looking at your child. 

Only an Eye specialist who is trained to recognize and treat ROP can diagnose these signs by testing the affected child’s retina.

An infant with severe ROP might develop visible complications, such as nystagmus (abnormal eye movements) and leukocoria (white pupils). Though, these are also very common signs of vision problems But if you notice any of these in your child, don’t delay and just pay a visit to an ophthalmologist right away.

Early Detection Of ROP, Followed By Urgent Laser Treatment, Is Highly Effective In Preserving The Sight Of The Babies.

Treatment Options

The severity of the ROP decides how it should be treated. As some of the treatments have side effects. To avail the maximum benefit of the treatment it is mandatory for the eye specialist to examine the problem. The latest research has shown promising treatments for advanced cases of ROP with a combination of traditional therapy and drugs.

Laser therapy

Cryotherapy

Medications

FAQ

Here are the answers to the questions that we are mostly asked about Cataract

Does every premature baby have ROP?

No. In about one out of two premature ones gets ROP.

Can ROP get better or heal on its own?

Yes It can. We call it “regression” of the disease, and usually happens in mild ROP.

Does ROP always happen in both eyes?

Usually it happens in both eyes but sometimes it can affect only single eye.

Is ROP screening always accurate?

It is 99% accurate as the guidelines are based on American Academy of Pediatrics

Does a diagnosis of ROP in baby means, he will have to stay long in the hospital for treatment?

ROP screening doesn’t begin until a premature infant is four to nine weeks old and also the concerned eye specialist will watch how his ROP progresses—and decide when to treat it.

Can we prevent ROP?

Well, the primary cause of Retinopathy of Prematurity is premature birth so the best prevention is to care during pregnancy to reduce premature birth rate.

What is the solution to ROP?

Laser therapy or cryotherapy (freezing) can help slow or reverse the abnormal growth of blood vessels; in the most severe stages of ROP, eye surgery may be needed. There are no FDA-approved medications to treat ROP, though some drugs are now being studied.

Are there any complications to ROP?
Sometimes ROP gets worse and it may lead to serious complications such as:
  • Retinal detachment
  • Cataracts
  • Scarring and/or dragging of the retina
  • Bleeding inside the eye (vitreous hemorrhage)
  • Complete vision loss
Some children may be at greatest risk for developing certain eye problems later in life, such as:
  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Strabismus (crossed eyes)
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Glaucoma

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) Treatment in Ludhiana

Dhami Eye Care Hospital in Ludhiana has the best experienced ophthalmologist who has been handling such cases at daily bases and successfully treated them. For us, your eye health is utmost important and you will get definitely the best ever treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity. We treat our patients with empathy and good mannerism.   

Be it, treatment services, medication or optical services, we are proud to say that we are stick to the first in the track for years. Our hospital is known for a perfect system where you will be guided at every step and a satisfactory treatment will be given to you.

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