Education  India Project #19979

Eye Screening for Premature Babies

by Vittala International Institute of Ophthalmology
Eye Screening for Premature Babies
Feb 25, 2019

Eyes - Vision Faculty

9 weeks old female baby treated for ROP
9 weeks old female baby treated for ROP

ROP is a problem with the way the blood vessels develop on the surface of the retina. When a baby is born prematurely these blood vessels are immature like the rest of the baby. In most premature babies the retinal blood vessels grow properly. In some premature infants the blood vessels start to grow the wrong way. Instead of branching like a tree the vessels link up side to side and in some cases grow away from the retina towards the centre of the eye. The severity of ROP is graded from stage one to stage five. Stage one is the mildest and stage five the most severe.

1. A 9 weeks female baby born in 31 weeks of gestation weighing 900 gms was reviewed on 26.11.2018 by Dr.Krishna R Murthy. The baby was diagnosed to have ROP Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) in stage 2 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 01.12.2018. As on 14.01.2019 ROP has regressed in both eyes and the baby has been advised to review after 6 months with an Ophthalmologist locally.

 

 2. A 4 weeks female baby born in 28 weeks of gestation weighing 118 gms was on close follow-up for detection of ROP. The baby was administered antivegf injection when the baby was 13 weeks old. When the baby was reviewed in Dec 2018; increase in vessel tortuosity was noted and the baby was advised for laser intervention to both eyes to avascular retina. The baby underwent both eyes laser treatment on 12.12.2018. As on 28.01.2019 ROP has regressed in both eyes and the baby has been advised to review after 2 weeks.

 

 3. A 5 weeks female baby twins born in 29 weeks of gestation weighing 1100 and 1300 gms were evaluated on 29.12.2018; The babies were diagnosed to have ROP in stage 2 in zone 2 with plus disease. The babies were advised for laser intervention to both eyes to avascular retina. The babies underwent both eyes laser treatment on 02.01.2019. As on 16.02.2019 ROP has regressed in both eyes in both babies and are doing well.

All babies are in embrace nest

twin babies treated for ROP
twin babies treated for ROP
4 weeks old baby treated for ROP
4 weeks old baby treated for ROP
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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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