Retinopathy of prematurity requires diligent follow-up care

Surv Ophthalmol. 1996 Sep-Oct;41(2):175-8. doi: 10.1016/s0039-6257(96)80008-7.


Medicolegal risk to those who examine for complications of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in premature infants is very high. A protocol for examination and follow-up of ROP babies is needed. This outline should involve the hospital, the neonatal unit, the neonatologist and the ophthalmologist. Communication with parents about the risks of ROP is also essential.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Liability, Legal
  • Male
  • Malpractice*
  • Ophthalmology / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Referral and Consultation / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity / diagnosis*
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity / therapy*