ROP screening and treatment programme in Tamil Nadu

Cognizant Foundation has commissioned a Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) screening and treatment project in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur, and Vellore districts of Tamil Nadu. This project is in partnership with Aravind Eye Hospital, Chennai.

This project aims to prevent avoidable blindness in neonates. This project targets to screen over 5000 pre-term low weight infants for ROP in 2 years. Babies identified with ROP get laser treatment, injections or surgery as necessary.

Aravind Eye Hospital (AEH), founded in 1976, works to eliminate blindness by providing compassionate and high-quality care to all. Today, AEH has grown into the Aravind Eye Care System (AECS). AECS encompasses comprehensive eye care service delivery through 85 facilities (6 tertiary eye care centers, 6 secondary eye care centers, 6 outpatient eye care centers, and 70 primary eye care centers) catering to the States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the bordering districts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and the Union Territory of Pondicherry.

CF has adopted “Preventing Avoidable Blindness” as one of its focus areas in Healthcare. Under this focus area, CF supports various programmes to prevent blindness among children and adults. This project in Tamil Nadu is part of Cognizant Foundation’s ROP screening and treatment programme. Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) among low-birth-weight infants can result in a lifetime of blindness if not treated in time. CF has thus adopted ROP screening and treatment as one of its flagship programmes.