Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is an eye disease that occurs in a small percentage of premature babies where abnormal blood vessels grow on the retina — the light-sensitive layer of cells lining the back of the eye that helps us see. As part of the routine follow-up care for premature infants, we specifically check for retinopathy of prematurity. ROP occurs more frequently in smaller premature babies with very low birth weight or of an earlier gestational age. For instance, a 28-week premature baby has a greater risk of developing ROP than a 32-week premature baby. Thomas Eye's pediatric eye care specialists use an examination to make certain that the retina is developing normally. If everything is coming along fine, we usually like to check the child again in six months. At that time, in addition to checking once again for retinopathy of prematurity, we are able to start to evaluate the development of the vision.
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