Eye Exam for Retinopathy of Prematurity
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Reasons for Procedure
- Are born prematurely
- Are born with a low birth weight
- Stinging or discomfort in the eye
- Light sensitivity
- Blurred vision
- Lid swelling
- Red eyes
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Do not feed your infant right before the exam.
- If recommended by the doctor, give your infant a pacifier during the exam. This may help to soothe her.
- The doctor will put eye drops in your infant’s eyes. These will dilate the pupils (the dark area in the center of the eye). The drops will take about 30-60 minutes to work.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Discharge from the eye
- Redness or swelling
- Loss of vision or other eyesight changes
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Any new symptoms
American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.aap.org/
National Eye Institute http://www.nei.nih.gov/
Canadian Ophthalmology Society http://www.eyesite.ca/
Canadian Pediatric Society http://www.cps.ca/
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National Eye Institute. Retinopathy of prematurity. National Eye Institute website. Available at: http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/rop . Updated February 2010. Accessed April 26, 2010.
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- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 06/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/60/2012 -