Retinal Imaging System
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
That phrase means a lot at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital, and its why we need your financial support for a retinal imaging system (retinal camera) to help babies and children keep their sight.
Every premature or critically-ill baby in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) born at or under 32 weeks gestation or weighing less than 1,500 grams, as well as babies with complex medical conditions, are screened for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and other potential ophthalmological concerns.
Approximately 60% (400-500) of all NICU patients undergo screening each year. Screening currently takes place with the naked eye using drawings of the retina created by a pediatric ophthalmologist to explain various diagnoses to families.