Title of Grant: Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) Education: Development of Web -Based Educational Tools for Training in ROP Diagnosis and Management
Recipient: Paul Chan, MD, FACS
Date Awarded: September 23, 2012
The overall aim of our research program is to create a sustainable technological infrastructure for prevention of blindness caused by retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a devastating eye disease affecting premature infants. ROP is treatable if diagnosed early, yet remains a leading cause of childhood blindness responsible for 19% of pediatric blindness worldwide. ROP is directly correlated with low birthweight and low gestational age, and the incidence of ROP is rising dramatically secondary to the rapidly-increasing neonatal survival rates in developing countries. Compounded on this is the inaccessibility of adequately-trained ophthalmologists who are capable of managing ROP. The societal burden of infancy-acquired blindness is enormous. Prospective studies have repeatedly shown that detection and treatment of ROP is more cost-effective than any other ophthalmologic intervention.