What are the symptoms of retinopathy in premature babies?

Sometimes none. Retinopathy of prematurity can occur in premature infants weighing about 2¾ pounds (1250 grams) or less that are born before 31 weeks of gestation (a full-term pregnancy has a gestation of 38–42 weeks). It is potentially blinding. Often there are no symptoms as these babies are pre-verbal. In severe rop a baby may not react to light and eventually not fix or follow objects.
Can be diffcult. Signs of retinopathy in babies can include a white reflex when taking a picture, nystagmus, crosses or drifting eyes. Since a normal baby has poor vision early in life, you may not be able to tell just by interacting. If the baby is premature and meets certain criteria, the neonatologist or pediatrician should know when to involve the ophthalmologist to exam for signs of rop.

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Are premature babies who suffered retinopathy of prematurity have any chance of seeing?

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. Read more...

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. Read more...