Monday, November 16, 2015

Launch of E-training and service model to prevent #blindness in Infants at Narayana Nethralaya

Health Minister of Karnataka U. T. Khader has inaugurated the E-training and service model called WISE-ROP (Wide-field Imaging of Infants for Screening and Education for Retinopathy of Prematurity) at Narayana Nethralaya today.

WISE-ROP will address the challenge of inadequate number of trained specialists to screen and treat a condition that affects the vision of premature babies, called Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). ROP is the leading cause of blindness in infants in the world. In India, 1 out of 3 babies born less than 2000 grams develops the disease and 10% of these babies will turn blind by the age of 2 months if not treated on time. Over 3.5 million babies are born premature in India every year and there are less than 60 ROP specialists nationwide to screen and treat this condition.