AAP Updates Screening Policy for ROP

Source: Medscape

Premature infants require regular screening for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), according to an updated policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), as reported by Medscape.

The statement, which was published online November 26 in Pediatrics, revises a 2013 statement on screening of preterm infants for ROP, a developmental disorder of the eye and a leading cause of blindness in childhood.

Walter M. Fierson, MD, FAAO, FAAP, from the AAP Section on Ophthalmology, and colleagues highlight the need for experienced ophthalmologists to perform carefully timed examinations of at-risk infants. The examinations should be performed on the basis of the infant’s gestational age at birth and subsequent disease presence and severity.

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