Retinopathy of Prematurity Residency Training

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a vasoproliferative retinal disease that is a major cause of blindness in children. According to a national survey, approximately 37% of ophthalmologists who screen for ROP are general ophthalmologists without fellowship training. This raises the question of whether residency training is adequate to produce ophthalmologists competent in ROP care, especially in light of studies demonstrating variable diagnostic competency for ROP by less experienced board-eligible ophthalmologists. Because ROP is a rapidly progressive disease that can result in blindness, basic competency in ROP should be expected of all ophthalmologists-in-training. Through a web-based survey of ophthalmology residency program directors and third-year residents across the United States, …
Source: Blindness