Does Retinopathy of Prematurity Cause Vision Problems Later in Life?

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) occurs when babies are born prematurely. After they are born, their eyes’ blood vessels continue to develop abnormally and reach toward the retina. This can lead to total retinal detachment and permanent blindness if doctors fail to act in a timely manner.

While certain forms of vision treatment can preserve the child’s vision, a study from an Italian hospital and university suggests that these children are likely to develop other vision disorders as they age. Researchers found that children with ROP were likely to develop myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (irregular corneal growth) and strabismus (misaligned eyes) six years later.

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