Wednesday, February 01, 2006


ROP or Retinopathy of Prematurity is a condition that premature babies develop in NICU's around the world.

What is retinopathy of prematurity?

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a potentially blinding eye disorder that primarily affects premature infants weighing about 2¾ pounds (1250 grams) or less that are born before 31 weeks of gestation (A full-term pregnancy has a gestation of 38–42 weeks). The smaller a baby is at birth, the more likely that baby is to develop ROP. This disorder—which usually develops in both eyes—is one of the most common causes of visual loss in childhood and can lead to lifelong vision impairment and blindness.

Michael had Grade 111, ROP, and narrowly avoided lazer treatment for it, however this morning a letter dropped through the door asking if we would take part in some research on the affects of ROP in Premature infants.

As you can imagine we have said yes!

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