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How common is blindness in preemie children?

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Dr. Donna Wilkins
Pediatrics - Neonatology

In brief: Blindness in preemie

Retinopathy of prematurity (rop) is a disease that affects immature blood vessels in the eyes of preterm babies.
It can be mild with no visual defects, or it may become aggressive and progress to retinal detachment and blindness. As smaller and younger babies are surviving, the incidence of rop has increased. The incidence is inversely proportional to the gestational age of the infant.

In brief: Blindness in preemie

Retinopathy of prematurity (rop) is a disease that affects immature blood vessels in the eyes of preterm babies.
It can be mild with no visual defects, or it may become aggressive and progress to retinal detachment and blindness. As smaller and younger babies are surviving, the incidence of rop has increased. The incidence is inversely proportional to the gestational age of the infant.
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Dr. Donna Wilkins
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