Pune: In order to spread more awareness about Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), the second annual meet of Indian Retinopathy of Prematurity Society (IROP) will be hosted in the city by PBMA’s HV Desai Eye Hospital, Hadapsar, on July 22.
This so-called epidemic of ROP is due to better survival rates of new born babies combined with the fact that all eligible babies are not being screened universally.
A major problem in improving screening coverage is the shortage of ROP specialists. India records the highest number of births in the world - 3.5 million. Around 1,00,000 of these babies need ROP screening. In the absence of screening facility, particularly in smaller cities and towns, they are likely to turn blind.
Around 50 ROP specialists from all over India, representatives of NGOs working in the field of childhood blindness are expected to attend the
Issues such as how to prevent blindness from ROP through the use of technology, training facilities and research, are likely to be discussed in this meet.
The conference is being held under the leadership of Col M Deshpande, Chief Medical Director, and Dr Sucheta Kulkarni, medical director and head of ROP services.