Eye Exam for Retinopathy of Prematurity
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Reasons for Procedure
- Stinging or discomfort in the eye
- Light sensitivity
- Blurred vision
- Lid swelling
- Red eyes
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Do not feed your infant right before the exam.
- If recommended by the doctor, a pacifier during the exam may help soothe your infant.
- The doctor will put eye drops in your infant’s eyes. These will make the pupils open wide. The drops will take about 30-60 minutes to work.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Discharge from the eye
- Redness or swelling
- Does not respond to objects, movement, or light or is not tracking with their eyes
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Any new symptoms
Healthy Children—American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.healthychildren.org
National Eye Institute http://www.nei.nih.gov
Canadian Ophthalmology Society http://www.eyesite.ca
Canadian Pediatric Society http://www.cps.ca
Retinopathy of prematurity. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated June 10, 2013. Accessed June 21, 2013.
Retinopathy of prematurity. National Eye Institute website. Available at: https://www.nei.nih.gov/health/rop. Accessed June 21, 2013.
- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/05/2014 -
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