What You Need to Know About ROP
Most importantly, ROP only affects premature babies. While at-term babies are born with fully developed retinas, preemie retinas continue to develop after birth. Retinopathy of prematurity occurs when premature babies’ blood vessels grow incorrectly and become engorged with blood. These blood vessels leak fluid and stick to the retina, potentially causing a detached retina in an infant.
Talk to your doctors about any medical concerns you have, and remember: awareness saves vision. Most cases of ROP correct themselves over time, but the few that do not can lead to lifelong disability. If doctors properly screen the child for ROP complications, they can perform a number of timely treatments that can prevent newborn blindness or other vision difficulties from occurring.
Birth Injury Lawyers Help Families Recover
Our national advocacy on behalf of ROP blindness victims urges hospitals and medical providers to take early action. When doctors tell parents that nothing could prevent infant blindness from ROP, we know this simply is not true. Our law firm uncovers medical errors and protects the future of babies harmed by infant retina diseases.
We know that medical professionals—doctors, nurses, eye doctors (ophthalmologists)—receive training to recognize and respond to potential long-term effects related to ROP. Failing to act constitutes medical malpractice, and we hold perpetrators of medical malpractice accountable for their negligence.