Anterior segment abnormalities in cicatricial retinopathy of prematurity

Ophthalmology. 1979 May;86(5):803-16. doi: 10.1016/s0161-6420(79)35437-9.


Abnormalities that occur in the anterior segments of patients with retinopathy of prematurity have been studied in 72 eyes of 36 patients. The anterior chamber depth, the placido disc image on the cornea, the distortion of polarized light by corneal stress, and keratometry readings were recorded. There was a highly significant correlation between anterior chamber depth, retinopathy of prematurity, and keratometry readings (p less than .001). These findings emphasize the importance of careful follow-up examinations of the anterior segment in retinopathy of prematurity because cataracts, band keratopathy, acute hydrops, and angle-closure glaucoma can progressively occur as complications.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anterior Chamber
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Corneal Diseases / etiology*
  • Edema / etiology
  • Female
  • Glaucoma / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Keratoconus / etiology
  • Male
  • Refractive Errors / etiology
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity / complications*