Education  India Project #19979

Eye Screening for Premature Babies

by Vittala International Institute of Ophthalmology
Eye Screening for Premature Babies
Nov 28, 2018

Power of perception

ROP stage 2 eye fundus photo
ROP stage 2 eye fundus photo

In the womb, the retina (the light sensitive surface at the back of the eye that converts images into nerve signals that the brain understands) develops slowly and the retinal blood vessels often only complete growing by the end of gestation. ROP occurs when a baby is born too early to have reached an important milestone in the development of their eyes. It is not passed on from parents to children. The blood vessels that supply this blood usually develop between weeks 16 and 36 of pregnancy. If a child is born prematurely these blood vessels can grow abnormally causing damage to the retina and baby’s vision.

1. A 12 weeks male baby born in 28 weeks of gestation weighing 1000 gms was evaluation on 19.09.2018 by Dr.Krishna R Murthy. The baby was diagnosed to have ROP Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) in stage 3 in zone 1 with early plus disease. The baby was advised for laser intervention to both eyes to avascular retina at the earliest. The baby underwent both eyes laser treatment on 22.09.2018. As on 22.10.2018 ROP has regressed in right eye and vitreous haemorrhage in noted in left eye, the baby has been advised to review at base hospital for left eye retinal evaluation at the earliest.

2. A 7 weeks male baby born in 28 weeks of gestation weighing 800 gms was evaluated on 22.10.2018; The baby was under treatment for Respiratory distress syndrome & neonatal jaundice. The baby was kept in the isolation ward for treatment. The fundus photos showed presence of ROP in stage 2 in zone 2 with plus disease. The baby was advised for laser intervention to both eyes to avascular retina. The baby underwent both eyes laser treatment on 31.10.2018. As on 12.11.2018 ROP has regressed in both eyes.

3. A 3 weeks old male baby (Twin 1) born in 31 weeks of gestation weighing 1850 gms was seen on 27.10.2018. The baby was diagnosed to have ROP Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) in stage 3 in zone 2 with early plus disease. The baby was advised for laser intervention to both eyes to avascular retina at the earliest. The baby underwent both eyes laser treatment on 31.10.2018. As on 17.11.2018 ROP has regressed and is advised to review after 1 week.

Regressed ROP post laser
Regressed ROP post laser
ROP Stage 3
ROP Stage 3
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Vittala International Institute of Ophthalmology

Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka - India
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Vittala International Institute of Ophthalmology
Krishna Murthy
Project Leader:
Krishna Murthy
Medical Director
Bangalore, Karnataka India

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