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Retinopathy of prematurity - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
User :   Hi Doctor
Doctor :   how can I help you?
User :   My kid is 3 yrs n 8 months
User :   n he is a premature baby
Doctor :   ok
User :   n rite from his birth he is been taken for a ROP Test
Doctor :   ok
User :   n now he is been adviced to wear spectacles
User :   his eye power is -1.75 n -2.25
Doctor :   ok
User :   so i jus wanna know
User :   whether there is any option for him to avoid spectacles
Doctor :   ok
User :   i heard tht laser treatment will be given only by 18 yts
Doctor :   ya
User :   so is there anyother options for him
Doctor :   ok
User :   can u give me any suggestions
Doctor :   is there anything else you will like to tell me about your child problem
User :   nothin else ... doctor
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   ROP means
Doctor :   Retinopathy of prematurity
User :   ok
Doctor :   or can also be called as retrolental fibroplasia
User :   ok
Doctor :   it generally affects premature babies
User :   ok
Doctor :   have your child gone for a specific light test
User :   no
Doctor :   in medical language it is called as indirect ophthalmoscopy
User :   he is being taken for a ROP test in frequent interval cycles
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   it will be the same
User :   ok
Doctor :   can I ask you what was the birth weight of your child?
User :   2.17 kgs
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   not bad
User :   but he was in ventilator after his birth
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   after the test did the doctor told you that in which stage is the disease
User :   his prev check up was at jul 08
User :   at tht time they told me tht after 6 months he may hve to wear a spectacles
Doctor :   ok
User :   n his current check up was last week so they told me tht he need to wear it
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   how frequently is the checkups?
User :   6 months
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   ROP has five stages
User :   ok
Doctor :   first two stages are considered to be minimally harmful
User :   ok
Doctor :   If a child is in last three stages then he/she will require frequent checkups
Doctor :   like in every 1-3 weeks
User :   ok
Doctor :   along with it will also require some treatment measures
User :   ok
Doctor :   as your child is not requiring any treatment
User :   but intially whn he was born for twice they check him 1 month interval n thn it was 6 months interval
Doctor :   ya
Doctor :   at birth
Doctor :   especially in case of premature infants
Doctor :   2 or 3 frequent examinatons are done to check whether the disease is increasing or is stable
Doctor :   thereafter if the disease remains stable then the freuency of examinations can be reduced
User :   ok
Doctor :   as the disease is not progressing in case of your child
Doctor :   so there is nothing to worry about
User :   ok
User :   n till not he is not into any medicines for this particular thing
Doctor :   actually it might be the case that the disease had decreased
Doctor :   ya
User :   ok
Doctor :   he will not require any specific medication till his disease remains stable or is actually decreasing
User :   ok
Doctor :   but to ensure that the disease is not spreading
Doctor :   you must take some precautionary measures
Doctor :   like the one prescribed to you
Doctor :   spectacles
Doctor :   as it is needed at this point of time
User :   ok
Doctor :   once the child grows up to 18yrs then you can chose
Doctor :   to continue with spectacles or to go for a surgical procedure
Doctor :   like Laser treatment.
Doctor :  
Is there anything else I can help you with?
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form say done when done
User :   ok but can u give me any suggestions to keep his power stable
User :   i hve filled the feedbck form
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   i will give you some good tips to keep power stable
User :   ok
Doctor :   wear the spectacles constantly
User :   ok
Doctor :   avoid watching televisions/computer screens for long times
User :   ok
Doctor :   when doing some close work
Doctor :   use bright light source
User :   ok
Doctor :   while reading
User :   ok
Doctor :   keep light source at your back
User :   ok
Doctor :   blink often
Doctor :   if the child grows a little then he can practice some relaxation techniques
User :   ok
Doctor :   if the child is going to school ask him or his teacher to ensure that book is kept at right distance to the eyes
User :   ok

Doctor :   all the reading articles must be underneath the eyes
User :   ok
Doctor :   I think following these techniques power can be kept static
User :   ok
Doctor :   any other querries?
User :   no doctor
User :   thanks alot for your sugesstions
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting HealthcareMagic. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
User :   sure
Doctor :   bye
Doctor :   hi are yu with me
Doctor :   You can chat with a doctor for any medical query here.

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