Retinopathy Of Prematurity

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is when abnormal blood vessels develop in your baby's retinas. The retina is the part of the eye that captures light and sends information to the brain. ROP happens in premature babies or low birth weight babies. ROP most often affects both eyes.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Follow up with your baby's pediatrician or ophthalmologist as directed:

Keep all follow-up appointments. Your baby's pediatrician or ophthalmologist will monitor your baby's ROP. Your baby may need more tests to find other eye conditions that can happen with ROP. Your baby's pediatrician or ophthalmologist will go over any test results with you. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

For support and more information:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
    141 Northwest Point Boulevard
    Elk Grove Village , IL 60007-1098
    Phone: 1- 847 - 434-4000
    Web Address: http://www.aap.org

Contact your baby's pediatrician or ophthalmologist if:

  • Your baby has a fever.

  • Your baby's eye is red, swollen, and draining pus.

  • Your baby is not eating or drinking well.

  • You have questions or concerns about your baby's condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your baby is irritable and crying more than usual.

  • Your baby has blood spots in his eyes.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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