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Each year, ROP results in more than 500 babies in the United States becoming legally blind.
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One in ten newborns diagnosed with ROP will suffer blindness or severe loss of vision.
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Most mothers have never heard of ROP and the severe consequences it causes to newborn eyes if medical professionals do not detect and treat it.

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Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is the second highest cause of blindness in America today. It affects about 15,000 premature babies each year. Therefore, women who are pregnant and those who have recently given birth to premature babies should be aware of the necessary, crucial screening and monitoring procedures for ROP that a qualified professional must conduct. Consequently, these professionals must address ROP in premature infants immediately.

Furthermore, a pediatric ophthalmologist should perform this screening; general ophthalmologists or retinal ophthalmologists may not have sufficient ROP experience to effectively monitor and treat this disease. Performing a timely ROP screening is crucial for newborns born at or before 30 weeks gestation and weighing less than three pounds at birth. If you recently gave birth to a premature child, ask your doctor whether the pediatric ophthalmologist at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has specialized training in ROP.

Retinopathy of Prematurity Blindness is a Preventable Condition with Timely Screening and Treatment

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Treatments For ROP

Ordering the screening to detect ROP should be standard procedure for all premature babies. A qualified pediatric ophthalmologist must closely monitor the regression or progression of ROP. This allows the doctor to treat the disease accordingly and prevent blindness.

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Treatment For ROP

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a condition that only affects extremely premature babies. Fortunately, ROP is a treatable condition that should never lead to a baby born blind.

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Laser Therapy

Laser surgery, when performed by an experienced and qualified pediatric ophthalmologist at the NICU, has minimal side effects and a very low risk of further injuries.

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Cryotherapy

While somewhat outdated compared to laser surgery, cryotherapy is a still an acceptable treatment for ROP in infants in certain, closely guarded circumstances.

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Medication

Treatment NOW includes injection of Bevacizumab, brand name Avastin, which stops the progression of growth of abnormal blood vessels. It is being rigorously tested with the hope that it will, one day, become the monotherapy for treatment, perhaps replacing photocoagulation (destruction of the abnormal vessels by laser destruction of the offending vessels), which can lift and cause detachment of the retina.

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If you are a parent of a blind preemie, you are not alone. We are some of the few birth injury attorneys in North America who focus representation on children affected by retinopathy of prematurity. We work with parents who discover their babies have gone blind in the NICU. Regrettably, few know their doctor could have prevented this if he or she acted with a reasonable standard of care. A detached retina in a newborn can cause a host of vision issues. As a result of these issues, parents of children with disabilities deserve a network of support and resources. Thus, if you have more questions about how to adjust to life as parent of a blind child, call our retinopathy of prematurity lawyer’s office. We work with parents struggling with sudden trauma or loss. We can help you find ways to give your child the best life possible.

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