RETINOPATHY OF PREMATURITY (ROP)

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is an eye disease that occurs in some premature infants. It results from abnormal development of the blood vessels in the retina. ROP is progessive, starting with mild changes and sometimes progressing to severe, sight threatening changes. Most infants with ROP improve spontaneously, but some develop severe changes that require treatment with a laser. Complications of ROP can include strabismus (eye misalignment), myopia (nearsightedness), cataract, and, in severe cases, blindness from retinal detachment. Premature infants at risk of ROP are identified in the hospital and enrolled in a routine screening protocol.

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