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What complications are associated with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)?

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Children who’ve had retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) are more likely to get other problems later on, such as:

  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Strabismus (misalignment of the eyes)
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal detachment

From: Eye Problems in Premature Babies WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Are Preterm Births on the Decline in the United States? Recent Data from the National Vital Statistics System."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Caring for Your Premature Baby."

PubMedHealth: "Retinopathy of Prematurity."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Retinopathy of Prematurity."

KidsHealth.org: "Retinopathy of Prematurity."

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: "Infantile Estropia."

GetEyeSmart.org: "What Is Strabismus?"

MedLinePlus: "Strabismus."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 17, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Are Preterm Births on the Decline in the United States? Recent Data from the National Vital Statistics System."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Caring for Your Premature Baby."

PubMedHealth: "Retinopathy of Prematurity."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Retinopathy of Prematurity."

KidsHealth.org: "Retinopathy of Prematurity."

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: "Infantile Estropia."

GetEyeSmart.org: "What Is Strabismus?"

MedLinePlus: "Strabismus."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 17, 2018

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