Visual acuity at 10 years in cryotherapy for retinopathy of prematurity (CRYO-ROP) study eyes: Effect of retinal residua of retinopathy of prematurity

Velma Dobson, Graham E. Quinn, C. Gail Summers, Robert J. Hardy, Betty Tung

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Abstract

Objective: To describe recognition (letter) acuity at age 10 years in eyes with and without retinal residua of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Design: Presence and severity of ROP residua were documented by a study ophthalmologist. Masked testers measured monocular recognition visual acuity (Early Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy Study) when the children were 10 years old. Two hundred forty-seven of 255 surviving Cryotherapy for Retinopathy of Prematurity (CRYO-ROP) randomized trial patients participated. A reference group of 102 of 104 Philadelphia-based CRYO-ROP study participants who did not develop ROP was also tested. Results: More severe retinal residua were associated with worse visual acuity, regardless of whether retinal ablation was performed to treat the severe acute-phase ROP. However, within each ROP residua category, there was a wide range of visual acuity results. Conclusions: This is the first report of the relation between visual acuity (Early Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy Study charts) and structural abnormalities related to ROP in a large group of eyes that developed threshold ROP in the perinatal period. Visual deficits are greater in eyes with more severe retinal residua than in eyes with mild or no residua. However, severity of ROP residua does not predict the visual acuity of an individual eye because within a single residua category, acuity may range from near normal to blind.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-202
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Ophthalmology
Volume124
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006

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