Retinal examination in premature babies

Kandasamy, Yogavijayan (2012) Retinal examination in premature babies. In: Kanagasingam, Yogesan, Goldschmidt, Leonard, and Cuadros, Jorge, (eds.) Digital Teleretinal Screening: teleophthalmology in practice. Springer, New York, NY, USA, pp. 177-180.

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The World Health Organization estimates that there are more than 12 million preterm births per year, and the numbers are increasing. A significant proportion of these babies will develop retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), and this is a leading cause of blindness in childhood. All high-risk infants would have to undergo retinal examination to detect and prevent this condition. Currently available evidence shows that ROP examination is a painful and distressing procedure for a premature baby. Indirect ophthalmoscopy with dilated pupils has been the mainstay of assessment. In the recent years, wide-angle retinal-contact camera is increasingly being recognised as a reliable option. This device has the ability to acquire images of the retina which can be electronically stored and transferred from a regional centre to a tertiary ophthalmology centre which has the expertise of a paediatric ophthalmologist. Non-contact retinal camera could make the retinal examination less stressful for the babies.

Item ID: 36514
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
ISBN: 978-3-642-25810-7
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2014 06:39
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1113 Ophthalmology and Optometry > 111301 Ophthalmology @ 100%
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