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Retinopathy of prematurity blindness worldwide: phenotypes in the third epidemic

Authors Quinn G

Received 30 September 2015

Accepted for publication 4 December 2015

Published 19 May 2016 Volume 2016:8 Pages 31—36

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/EB.S94436

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Margaret Wong-Riley


Graham E Quinn

Division of Ophthalmology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Wood Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Abstract: Blindness due to retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is an increasing problem worldwide as improved levels of neonatal care are provided in countries with developing neonatal intensive care units. The occurrence of ROP blindness varies dramatically with the socioeconomic development of a country. In regions with high levels of neonatal care and adequate resources, ROP blindness is largely restricted to premature infants with very low birth weight and low gestational age while in middle- and low-income countries with regional variation in technology and capacity, limited health resources may well limit the care of the premature newborn.

Keywords: ROP, international, blindness

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