Retinopathy of Prematurity


Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is a common finding in the preterm neonate and all small babies have multiple retinal exams during their NICU course and after discharge. This presentation describes the definition and incidence of ROP. It also provides the pathogenesis and risk factors for the development of ROP. Screening recommendations, findings, and treatment options are presented and importantly strategies for prevention are included.


  • Identify two risk factors for the development of Retinopathy of Prematurity.
  • Describe two potential therapies for the treatment of Retinopathy of Prmaturity.

Total CE: 1

NCC Codes: NNP 2 or 7

NCC Codes: NIC 2 or 7

NCC Codes: LRN 3 or 7

Rx = 0

*This presentation was included in the Small Baby Care Specialist® Program

Last updated: November, 2021

Your Instructor

Rebecca Vartanian MD
Rebecca Vartanian MD

Dr. Rebecca Vartanian received her medical degree from Wayne State University Medical School in Detroit, Michigan. She is currently a neonatologist in the Brandon NICU at Michigan Medicine, where she completed her residency and fellowship training. Her non-patient care time is divided amongst her roles as the Medical Director of Respiratory Care for Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voightlander Women’s Hospital, quality improvement projects and clinical research. Her quality improvement efforts have included the reduction of ROP through optimal oxygen and alarm management and improving outcomes of extremely premature infants. She is fortunate to participate in several local and national quality improvement collaboratives and enjoys her opportunity to both teach and mentor trainees in QI methodology.

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