Visual & Perceptual Disorders Associated with Premature Birth

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Overview:

As the rate of premature births increase, along with the rate of infant survival, the risk of visual and perceptual disorders has also increased dramatically. These disorders result from immature retinal vasculature and an immature respiratory system, with the associated need for supplemental oxygen and mechanical ventilation. Dr. David Sami will explore the history of prematurity and visual impairment—including ROP and CVI—the treatments used in the past, and what is currently being done to combat these impairments in neonates.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1

    Discuss the current evidence for oxygen targeting in the NICU to prevent visual disorders.

  • 2

    List two future therapies to minimize the risk for ROP.

  • 3

    Describe two long-term visual issues for premature infants.

Dr. David Sami

Dr. Sami attended medical school and his internship in medicine locally at UCLA. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California. He completed two fellowships in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus; first a combined research and clinical fellowship at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, England; and a second at the Harvard fellowship program of Children’s Hospital Boston. Dr. Sami’s academic and research interests include development of the visual system, motility of ocular prostheses, hereditary and systemic eye disorders of childhood, and retinopathy of prematurity.

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This presentation has been approved for 1 contact hour of nursing continuing education by gRN NICU Consulting, Inc - CA BRN CEP #15417.