ROP (retinopathy of prematurity) is a blinding eye disorder that the National Eye Institute says affects as many as 16 thousand preemies in the U.S. each year. Babies who are born prematurely are at risk of vision loss; Stevie Wonder was six weeks early, and it cost him his vision. Dr. Michael Chiang is an advocate for early screening and ROP treatment, fighting against two common obstacles to early diagnosis: accessibility to experts and a lack of standardized tests. Dr. Chiang uses an eye injection called Avastin in ROP cases:
“In the course of a week, it [ROP] basically reversed itself,” said Dr. Chiang. “If you diagnose it early enough that you can treat it, prevent a baby from going blind for their entire lifetime. We’ve got to make that diagnosis correct. We’ve got to make it on time.”
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"Doctor works for early diagnosis of ROP to prevent blindness in preemies"