Most premature infants suffer from retinopathy of prematurity (RoP). It is an avoidable cause of childhood blindness and any delay in treatment can be dangerous for the child.
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How Does Eyes Of Infants Get Affected
It’s important to understand that the eyes of an infant develops the most during the last three months of pregnancy. So, which means the child is more likely to experience eye problems as well as vision impairment in some cases. While the eyes may look normal, one may notice that a baby doesn’t respond to objects or changes in light. These abnormalities may be signs of a vision problem or an eye defect.
Retinopathy of Prematurity
Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a common eye problem in premature babies especially babies born at 31 weeks or earlier. Usually the eye disease develops when blood vessels grow abnormally in the eye. And because of early delivery, blood vessel growth gets disrupted which in return affects retina of an eye.
When retina gets affected, blood vessels inside eyes may swell or leak blood which triggers vision problem. And in some cases it can even cause blindness.
Therefore, it’s important to get a premature baby’s eyes checked and treated thoroughly.
Other potential complications of ROP later in life may include:
Sometimes ROP if not detected in time may lead to blindness too. At Sharp Sight (Group of Eye Hospitals), one of the best eye hospitals in Delhi NCR we offer the best and advanced treatments for ROP and other eye ailments related to premature babies.
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