Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)

ROP-CAP And NES Program

RETINOPATHY OF PREMATURITY CONTROL IN ANDHRA PRADESH AND NEWBORN EYE SCREENING PROGRAM

Important Information

  1. Preterm babies can have serious vision loss from Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), which may not be externally visible.
  2. All preterm babies with a birth weight less than 2.0 kg, or born less than one month before the Expected Date of Delivery (EDD), need a complete DILATED RETINAL EXAMINATION DEFINITELY BETWEEN 20-30 days of birth.
  3. Follow-up is needed every 1-2 weeks till the retina matures fully.
  4. Very urgent laser treatment is needed if abnormal retinal vessels are seen on a retinal examination.
  5. All normal and preterm newborns should undergo an eye examination for ‘Red Reflex’ and torchlight examination within a few hours of birth and, thereafter, every month till 6 months of age.

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