What does analysis of the last five years of literature on retinopathy of prematurity tell us?
Mark Hillen |
Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a potentially blinding disorder that principally affects prematurely born infants – the smaller a baby is at birth, the more likely it will develop ROP. The disease affects the immature retinal vasculature and can be mild (with no visual defects) or aggressive (with neovascularization) in presentation, potentially leading to retinal detachment and blindness. Prevalence varies from 5–8 percent in developed countries to up to 30 percent in developing countries.
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