Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)

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Learn what retinopathy of prematurity is, how it is diagnosed and how it may be treated.

Key points

  • Retinopathy of prematurity, or ROP, is caused when small abnormal blood vessels form in your premature baby's eye(s).
  • The vessels can lead to bleeding and scarring. They may also cause the retina to move from its normal place in the eye. This is called retinal detachment.
  • Your baby's eyes will be checked often for any changes. It is important to keep eye appointments, as abnormal vessels can form quickly.
  • Treatments depend on your child's condition.
Last updated: September 10th 2021