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what is the name of this illness that could cause blindness in preemies?

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Dr. Michael Ekizian
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ROP: Retinopathy of prematurity, formerly known as retrolental fibroplasia. It is a developmental vascular proliferative disorder that occurs in the retina of preterm infants with incomplete retinal vascularization (blood vessel formation).
Dr. Cristina Carballo
Dr. Cristina Carballoanswered
Neonatology 39 years experience
ROP: Retinopathy of prematurity. Happens in babies who were born prior to 32 weeks and have been exposed to oxygen. Increased incidence the more premie a baby is.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Retinopathy of preee: Retinopathy of prematurity. This is a condition induced in premature babies who require oxygen in an insulator. It caused considerable blindness until worked out in the 50s and 60s. However, neonatologists are getting so good perfecting the survivial of very small, very young babies that the condition is recurring given the choice between blindness risk and survival.

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