Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)

Retinopathy of Prematurity

The picture above shows two eyes affected by ROP. The one on the left fared much better than the one on the right. The white area in the eye on the right is scarred tissue causing a "dragged retina". The retina is being dragged away from the back of the eye by malformed blood vessels and scar tissue.

ROP is primarily found in premature babies. It is abnormal growth of blood vessels in the eye, particularly in the retina.

Diagnosis of ROP

Helpful Links

Dr. Anne Fulton's Page About ROP


Retinopathy of Prematurity (from E-Medicine)

Retinopathy of Prematurity (from Schepens Retina Associates Foundation)

What is Retinopathy of Prematurity?