Why is Using a RetCam Important for Detecting Retinopathy of Prematurity?

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It is essential for premature babies born before 30 weeks of gestation and weighing 3 pounds or less to receive a screening for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). This potentially devastating retinal disease can cause vision problems and baby blindness when not detected, monitored and treated in a timely manner. A useful and, some would argue, necessary piece of equipment qualified pediatric ophthalmologists should employ when caring for your prematurely born infant is a RetCam.

A RetCam utilizes a high-powered microscope and camera to take digital images of babies’ retinas. These pictures give doctors important insight as to whether a child is suffering from ROP and where in the retina the disease is located. A RetCam is a crucial tool for monitoring the progression or regression of ROP.

Many hospitals and healthcare facilities are reluctant to purchase vision-saving RetCam machines because of the expense. However, the cost is negligible compared the thousands of premature babies whose sight would benefit from RetCam screenings. If your newborn was born prematurely and did not receive treatment for ROP in a timely manner, talk with our attorneys to learn more about your options. You may be able to hold the medical professionals responsible for your child’s ROP blindness legally accountable for their negligence.

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