Retina specialist. Retinopathy of prematurity needs to be followed and treated by a retinal specialist. Most cases can be observed and resolve but more severe cases may need retinal laser, intraocular injections, or even eye surgery.
Depends. If it's mild, observation. If it's more severe, then laser of the retina. In the most severe cases, then retinal surgery like vitrectomy. Newer treatment are including eye injections of anti-vegf agents.
Yes. Babies with retinopathy of prematurity (rop) have a good chance of seeing in societies where advanced medical care exists. About 500 children per year in the us are reported to develop blindness due to rop. Ongoing follow up for babies with rop is important because other vision issues can also occur in these children over time.
Are premature babies who suffered retinopathy of prematurity and went blind ever going to have any chance of seeing?
Very Unlikely. Prematurity is a risk factor that can lead to blindness. One important risk factor is birth weight, 1251 grams or less (2 lbs 12 ounces). A landmark study called the early treatment for retinopathy of prematurity, laser decreased incidence of blindness http://www. Nei. Nih. Gov/neitrials/static/study83.Asp the patient will need lifelong eye care for glaucoma, cataracts, strabismus, amblyopia, etc.