Retinopathy of Prematurity Requires Follow-up Care


Learning that your newborn child has a devastating medical condition is every parent’s worst nightmare. However, premature babies diagnosed with the eye disease retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) may be able to overcome this condition if medical professionals act appropriately to screen, monitor the regression or progression and provide treatment when necessary for ROP.

The following are recommendations for medical professionals dealing with children at risk of becoming blind due to ROP:

  • Make a plan for the care providers involved (hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, ophthalmologist) so that each party knows their responsibilities for the care of babies who may develop retinopathy of prematurity.
  • Educate the parents about the seriousness of ROP and the importance of having their infants undergo repeat eye exams.
  • Schedule the initial and repeat vision tests needed to monitor ROP and adequately document the results.

Sadly, ROP is currently the leading cause of preventable blindness for children throughout the world. If doctors were more diligent about providing follow-up care with a sense of urgency, this devastating condition could be wiped out. If your child is now blind or has vision problems because a medical professional failed to do what was necessary to preserve your baby’s sight, speak with the Shapiro Law Group to learn more about your ability to hold doctors accountable by filing an ROP lawsuit.