Training In Retinopathy Of Prematurity

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is a rapidly progressive condition starting within 2-3 weeks of life in a premature infant. Left untreated ROP can result in irreversible low vision or blindness for the child's entire life. Ever since effective screening and treatment protocols have been defined, ROP has emerged as a significant cause of preventable blindness in children. The global 'VISION 2020: Right to Sight' program has identified ROP as an important preventable disease in the area of childhood blindness.

Objectives of ROP training

The course will be of one-month duration. The participants will acquire knowledge in the following areas:

  • A clear understanding of the disease process
  • Detailed understanding of screening protocols and procedures
  • How to set up ROP services in their own area
  • Evaluation of ocular and retinal status in preterm newborns
  • How to make appropriate decisions for treatment, screening and follow-up schedules
  • Perform laser treatment for ROP (if the candidate has experience in treating adults with retinal lasers)
  • Post laser follow-up of ROP cases

Training Methodology
Training will include lectures and practical hands-on experience under the supervision of experienced faculty.

Rotation Schedule/Evaluation
During the one-month fellowship, experienced faculty will guide the candidate to achieve the objectives of the program. The weekly rotation will be as follows:

  • Retina OPD including lasers - 4 days
  • NICU visit - 1 day
  • Pediatric OPD/Low Vision and Rehabilitation Centres - 1 day

Duration: 1 month

No. of Candidates: 12 per year (One Every Month)

Qualifications: MD/MS/DNB/FRCS

Selection: The candidates would be selected based on their qualifications and presenting skills in retinal examination and laser. Preference will be given to sponsored candidates.

Next Slot Availability

Center Slot Available

For further details contact/Send the applications to
Mark Nathaniel Thadikonda and Vijayamma
Nannepaga Centre for Eye Care Education,
L V Prasad Eye Institute,
L V Prasad Marg, Banjara Hills,
Hyderabad - 500 034
Telephone: +91-40-3061 2567/2568

Fax: +91-40-2354 8271

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