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Posted On : 3/20/2008 11:08:09 AM
Posted By :  Donna Ann
Under Category :  Newborns
Preemies eyes not being protected during phototherapy to treat jaundice
Since I am a Grandparent, and not a parent it seems that I am unable to find out any answers to my questions. Can someone PLEASE HELP?

I am continually reading online about the importance of keeping an infant`s eyes covered during phototherapy to treat jaundice.

My Grandson was born 2 months early, at 32 weeks gestation, weighing 3 lbs. 9 oz. and had quickly dropped to 3 lbs. 5 oz. and had been treated for jaundice for a total of approx. 5 or 6 days.

An eye mask that was obviously too large for him was initially put on, but really did absolutely no good, as it was either totally off, or coming off and completely exposing his eyes. You can email me for photos for the webpage.

In the very beginning of the start of the phototherapy EVERY TIME I went to see him his mask was off, or coming off, EVERY TIME.

Each time I went to visit my Grandson I saw a different nurse and questioned her about the eye mask and each time I was told that it won’t hurt him.

It certainly makes one wonder just how much the improper eye care received by some N.I.C.U.`s can greatly affect the outcome of R.O.P. since a very, very large percentage of preemies tend to have R.O.P. and also have to undergo phototherapy.

Have there been any studies done to show what happens when nurses fail to follow preventative eye care measures during the use of phototherapy lights?

I would like to know for how long can a preemie stay under the lights with very little to no eye protection and exactly what kind of retinal damage can happen and when it may show up?

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