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How common now is retinopathy of prematurity (rop) in babies?

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Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Rare: 0.2 - 0.4% of all babies born in the us. The more premature the baby, the higher the likelihood.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Retinopathy of prematurity still common?

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Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: The main risk factor for development of rop is prematurity and low birth weight. With better survival rates for premature babies, we are seeing more of these children with rop.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the most common causes of retinopathy of prematurity?

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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Premature birth!: The cause is due to premature birth and possibly use of high oxygen concentration for breathing in premature infants. The retina is not fully developed and vascularized in the periphery and exposure to the air causes the peripheral retina to not vascularize, which can cause contraction, scarring and possible retinal detachment.

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