Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is an eye disease affecting premature babies. Moreover, many newborns having this condition generally received intensive neonatal care. In Southwest Florida—Lee County, Collier County, Charlotte County, Hendry County, DeSoto County, Sarasota County, and our neighbors—unfortunately we’re no strangers to dramatic child injuries.
Retinopathy of Prematurity Causes
When a baby is born premature, doctors and nurses often engage advanced medical treatment. Accordingly, a baby goes to a neonatal care department. Because premature lung development affects lungs, health care providers often use oxygen therapy. However, these efforts may have unintended consequences, including retinopathy of prematurity.
Intensive oxygen therapy may promote disorganized growth in retinal blood vessels. Moreover, scarring and retinal detachment are great risks. And, when they occur, retinopathy of prematurity results.
Retinopathy of prematurity can be mild and may resolve spontaneously. However, ROP may lead to blindness in serious cases.
Accordingly, all preterm babies are at risk for retinopathy of prematurity. Both oxygen toxicity or inadequate blood oxygenation can contribute to ROP.
Retinopathy of Prematurity Symptoms
Besides immediate over-oxygenation in premature babies, by fourth month of pregnancy, the unborn child’s retina begins developing blood vessels. Accordingly, this retinal blood vessel development is very sensitive to oxygen amounts.
During development, blood vessels grow from our central retina outwards. Moreover, normally this process ends a few weeks before normal delivery time. However, in premature babies it is incomplete.
If blood vessels grow normally, then retinopathy of prematurity does not occur. However, if vessels grow and branch abnormally, then a baby develops ROP. Consequently, these abnormal blood vessels may may bleed inside eyes.
Moreover, when blood and abnormal vessels are reabsorbed, then additional membranes which can pull up a retina. Subsequently, retinal detachment may occur eventually permanent blindness results.
Seeking Financial Compensation for Retinopathy of Prematurity
Preventable blindness is a catastrophic condition changing one’s entire life. Accordingly, challenges, obstacles, and missing opportunities are lifetime realities. Your overwhelming sadness is understandable. Moreover, your sorrow is tragic.
Why is your child suffering such devastating conditions? Is there medical malpractice? In Southwest Florida, I help children and families find answers. Moreover, as a Fort Myers medical malpractice lawyer having decades years experience I pursue lifetime compensation for your child’s critical needs and future.
Moreover, I do so seeking your child’s more promising future. We must not give up hope on new medical advances, treatments, and technology. Especially relevant, your child should have access to these life-changing possibilities. Very often, money compensation provides this access.
Contact me for your free, confidential, and personal consultation. After all, I’m here to help.