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Invited Commentary
September 5, 2019

Caring for Infants Undergoing Screening for Retinopathy of Prematurity

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Duke University, North Carolina
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2019;137(11):1273-1274. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.3377

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a disorder of halted or pathological retinal vascular growth was originally described by T. L. Terry, MD, as retrolental fibroplasia in 1942.1 During the past 7 decades, our care for preterm infants with ROP has improved substantially. Milestone studies, including the International Classification of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ICROP), Cryotherapy for Retinopathy of Prematurity (CRYO-ROP), Laser ROP, and Early Treatment of Retinopathy for Prematurity (ETROP) studies, have established our current screening criteria and treatment protocols and prevented blindness in many of the affected infants.2 This is especially relevant as the prevalence of ROP has increased in both low-income and high-income countries with advances in neonatal care and increased survival of very preterm infants.

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