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:
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.
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.
Here are the answers to the questions that we are mostly asked about Cataract
No. In about one out of two premature ones gets ROP.
Yes It can. We call it “regression” of the disease, and usually happens in mild ROP.
Usually it happens in both eyes but sometimes it can affect only single eye.
It is 99% accurate as the guidelines are based on American Academy of Pediatrics
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.
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.
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.
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