13 premature babies with retinal diseases referred to higher level of care

In 2016, a Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) clinic at Department of Newborn, Binh Dinh Provincial General Hospital performed screening tests on 560 newborns and found 13 infants with retinal diseases, who were later referred to higher level of care in Ho Chi Minh City.

A premature baby is medically screened at ROP Clinic.

The ROP clinic is part of a project on "Developing children's eye care services in Binh Dinh province" financed by Orbis International. Besides activity of the screening tests, 2 doctors and 1 nurse from the hospital are trained in advanced knowledge so that they are able to independently perform clinical skills. The clinic is expected to treat ROP in Binh Dinh instead of only performing the screening examinations.

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a disease that occurs in premature babies. It causes abnormal blood vessels to grow in the retina, the layer of nerve tissue in the eye that enables us to see. This growth can cause the retina to detach from the back of the eye, leading to blindness. Premature babies under 1.8 kilograms and those born before 34 weeks should be screened for the ROP. The first test should be done when the babies are 3-4 weeks old.

Nguyen Van Trang

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