Yenepoya Observes World Prematurity Day

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Department of Ophthalmology in association with the Department of Pediatrics, Yenepoya Medical College, Yenepoya (Deemed to be University), Deralaktte, Mangalore conducted a program to spread awareness about Retinopathy of Prematurity and caring for the vision of preterm babies. The program was conducted on 16th November 2022, at lecture hall 3, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore. The program was organized to observe World Prematurity Day, which is celebrated on 17th November annually.

Dr Vidya Hegde, Professor and Head Department of Ophthalmology, welcomed the gathering. Dr Anupama Bappal, the consultant in charge of the program for neonatal and Retinopathy of Prematurity screening, presented a video on “Caring for the vision” of preterm babies. All preterm babies should undergo screening by 3 to 4 weeks of age as delay in diagnosis and treatment will cause blindness. She emphasized the need for a continuum of care for vision every year up to the age of 17 years. Early diagnosis and treatment of refractive errors and squinting of eyes in children to give them a better future.