The Possibility Of Blindness In Premature Babies Can Be Cured?

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Good morning, can premature babies who have been blind from birth again see it?

1 Answer:

Hi Ana,


Thank you for the question.


Blindness caused by premature birth can be referred to as ROP or uropathopathy of prematurity, which is a condition in which there is impaired formation of blood vessels in the retina (the part behind the eyes that is rich in visual nerves) because the child is born prematurely so that the formation of blood vessels in the retina is still not perfect. This condition occurs in children born before the 32nd week (normal birth is between the 38th to 42nd weeks), or with a low body weight below 1500 grams.


Keep in mind more certain stages of the ROP because the disease has several stages that affect blood vessels in the retina. In mild cases of ROP, the disorder can improve gradually without causing permanent damage. Therefore, you are advised to consult an ophthalmologist to find out the type of disorder or blindness experienced because the doctor will do an eye examination on your child and see the condition of the retina using a tool, then the doctor will suggest the best therapy that can be done, can be with a laser , or cryotherapy.


For the time being, you can continue to stimulate the child, many inviting him to play, introduce various types of objects and also colors according to toys that are appropriate for his age.


Hope this helps.


Regards,


dr. Talitha

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