Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is a disease that affects the eyes of newborn – in particular, premature – babies. During normal foetal development, the eyes and retinas do not develop fully until the very end of pregnancy. Therefore, premature birth can sometimes mean that an infant’s retinas are underdeveloped or have otherwise developed abnormally. Alternatively, oxygen toxicity – a common side effect of the treatments used to save premature babies – may also lead to ROP. Once found, the condition can be rectified by laser treatment. However, delayed diagnosis or non-diagnosis of ROP will often lead to retinal detachment and eventually blindness
Since premature birth is known to be a common cause of ROP, premature babies are usually screened approximately once a month, either until the condition is detected or until normal retinal development kicks in. Thankfully, this means the appropriate diagnosis of ROP normally happens fairly quickly. Unfortunately though, sometimes premature babies are not monitored as closely as they should be because of inadequate aftercare.
If you believe that your child has suffered negligent medical care during the diagnosis or treatment of ROP, you may have a claim. With a wealth of specialist knowledge about medical negligence cases, we can provide advice, support and guidance throughout the claiming process. There are no upfront fees or payments, so talk to Your Legal Friend today for more information.