To the Editor.
Your readers will be interested in a recent observation of the Blind Babies Foundation (BBF). Our agency was founded 50 years ago in response to the needs of parents of infants blinded at the time of the retrolental fibroplasia epidemic. We serve preschool blind and children with severe visual impairment (birth to 6 years of age) and their families in 19 Northern California counties.
Additionally, 2 recent publications1,,2 support our observations that the current population of infants with ROP blindness are medically fragile and are more multi-impaired than in the past. These complications present a considerable challenge to their families and to our home counselors who are trying to help them learn about the impact of blindness on early development and to help their children become literate and independent in the world.
We bring these observations to the attention of your readers in the hope they will stimulate interest in and examination of the recent prevalence of ROP blindness. Informal discussion with colleagues in other states has suggested to us that the current increase is not confined to Northern California.
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