About Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)

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Learning About Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)

If your child has been diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity, it is important to educate yourself about the disorder so you can ensure proper treatment and care for your child. In mild cases, the condition will improve over time, leaving no permanent damage. In more severe cases, however, affected children may experience permanent vision damage or complete blindness.

Different Stages of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)

There are different stages of the disorder, ranging from mile to severe. The stages are as follows:

  • Stage I — infants with stage one ROP will experience a very mild form of abnormal blood vessel growth. Most infants with stage I ROP will not suffer long-term effects and will make a full recovery.
  • Stage II — infants with stage two will experience moderate levels of abnormal blood vessel growth. Most infants with this stage of ROP will not need treatment and will make a full recovery.
  • Stage III — infants with stage three ROP will experience severe levels of abnormal blood vessel growth. In cases of stage three ROP, the blood vessels will likely grow towards the center of the eye rather than in the normal growth pattern near the retina surface. Some infants will make a full recovery without treatment, however, some infants with stage III retinopathy of prematurity need treatment. Most infants with this level of the disorder will make a complete recovery eventually.
  • Stage IV — infants with stage IV retinopathy of prematurity will experience a partial detachment of the retina. This detachment will be caused by scare tissue that is formed from the abnormal blood vessel growth and bleeding.
  • Stage V — this is the most severe stage of retinopathy of prematurity. Infants whose retinopathy of prematurity reaches stage V will experience long-term vision loss, and in the worst cases full and complete blindness.

When babies are diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity, it is important for treatment to begin immediately. The disorder has been reported to spread very quickly, and if untreated can result in permanent blindness.

Legal Resources Available

If your premature infant is diagnosed with the disorder, you should speak with an attorney about conducting an investigation to find out what happened. If your infant's condition could have been prevented, you may be able to seek compensation from the responsible healthcare provider. Even if your infant's retinopathy of prematurity was caused by unpreventable causes, if a doctor failed to treat it in a timely manner, resulting in permanent blindness, you may be able to still seek compensation.

For more information about your legal options, please contact our experienced retinopathy of prematurity attorneys for help.