The challenge of screening for retinopathy of prematurity

Clin Perinatol. 2013 Jun;40(2):241-59. doi: 10.1016/j.clp.2013.02.003.


Screening for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and the optimum treatment of sight-threatening disease requires detailed understanding of the infants at risk and timely identification. Despite a plethora of guidelines, not all populations and situations are adequately covered, so that what should be preventable visual disability still occurs. This article considers the design of screening guidelines and the possibility of a global guideline, although in certain parts of the world manpower for ROP screening is not available. Algorithms linked to the increase in weight of preterm infants over time may refine the number of babies needing to undergo treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Birth Weight
  • Blindness / prevention & control
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature
  • Neonatal Screening* / methods
  • Neonatal Screening* / standards
  • Neonatal Screening* / trends
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity / diagnosis*
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity / prevention & control
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Weight Gain