Course 36

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Blindness from retinopathy of prematurity – the third epidemic is spreading

Convenor: Clare Gilbert and Linda Visser

Retinopathy of prematurity is becoming an increasingly important cause of blindness in children in many middle income countries, and is beginning to be seen in African countries as they expand services for preterm infants. Speakers will update delegates on key and emerging issues in relation to the control of visual loss from retinopathy of prematurity.


  • Understand the global picture regarding the magnitude of blindness due to ROP and the need for national guidelines which are evidence based
  • Learn from experiences in South Africa and Nigeria
  • Understand the benefits and challenges of telemedicine for ROP screening and anti-VEGF preparations for treating acute ROP
  • Appreciate the need for long term follow up of preterm infants for other ocular complications
Clare GilbertROP as a cause of blindness and the need for evidence-based national guidelines
Linda VisserExperiences from South Africa
Kareem MusaExperiences from Nigeria
Anand VinekarTelemedicine and new approaches to screening
Subhadra JalaliAnti-VEGF treatment: does it have a role?
P VijayalakshmiFollow-up of preterm infants

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