ETROPEarly Treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity
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Laser therapy was applied in 129 eyes (66.2%) at the high-risk prethreshold disease stage as per the ETROP study, 30 eyes (15.4%) with threshold disease as per the CRYO-ROP study, and in 36 eyes (18.4%) with APROP.
Treatment of T1ROP was laser photocoagulation of the avascular retina according to the ETROP guidelines.
The aim of the present study was to report our experience with the safety and efficacy of transpupillary diode laser photocoagulation for the treatment of type 1 ROP infants according to the definitions specified by the ETROP study.
We believe that this success rate compatible with the literature arised from the fact that we performed a treatment method based on rearranged ICROP criteria and ETROP criteria.
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Although laser photocoagulation had been the main treatment for ROP, the Early Treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ETROP) [1] study and other studies [2-4] have shown that laser photocoagulation results in high prevalence of both myopia and high myopia.
Retinopathy of Prematurity was staged according to the ICROP guidelines (International Classification of Retinopathy of Prematurity) (13) and decision on treatment was based on ETROP guidelines (Early treatment of Retinopathy guidelines) (14) summarized below.
Data files of 452 eyes of 257 newborns who were registered in the Retina Division of Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Department of Ophtalmology, who were diagnosed as "pre-threshold zone 1 ROP" by 'The Early Treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity Study = ETROP" criteria between June 2007 and December 2010 and who underwent DLP according to ETROP criteria were examined retrospectively.
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