Can ROP (retinopathy Of Prematurity) In Premature Babies Be Cured?

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So this way I have a younger sister, she was born 8 months premature. when he was born he was healthy even though he had been in an incubator when his skin turned yellow. r n at that time he was approximately 3 months old, he was sentenced to ROP Std 5 after examination at Soetomo hospital in Surabaya, actually we were very shocked when he heard that r n we were very hope sister can see normally. Can this ROP be cured? Is there any chance that my sister can see normally? r nthank you in advance

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Hi Wildanak. Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.


ROP (retinopathy of prematurity) or often referred to as retinopathy of prematurity is an eye disorder that occurs in premature babies with low body weight (under 1500 grams) and born before the 32nd week of pregnancy. Normal birth occurs between weeks 38-42 of pregnancy. In mild cases of ROP, the disease can improve on its own and does not cause permanent damage, however, more serious conditions can occur that can cause vision problems at an early age or even for life and lead to blindness.


The cause of ROP is a disturbance in the formation of retinal blood vessels. This is because the retina in normal babies is formed at week 16 of gestation, while the formation of new retinal blood vessels is completely formed 2 weeks after the baby is born normally (at 40 weeks of gestation). Therefore, the body's organs, including the retinal blood vessels in premature babies, are not yet fully formed.


There are 5 stages of ROP, including:


I: Impaired blood vessel growth is only mild (mild)


II: The growth of blood vessels is quite abnormal


III: The growth of blood vessels is very abnormal


IV: Part of the retina is detached


V: Total retinal detachment (detachment of the retina from its supporting tissue)


Some of the symptoms of severe ROP:

Severe nearsightedness
Cockeye
Abnormal eye movements
The pupil looks white

Some tips and advice:

Treatment as early as possible to prevent worsening of ROP
Perform regular checks to an eye doctor
If the baby has symptoms like the above, immediately take it to the doctor

I hope this information is helpful. Best regards, Dr. Shirly

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