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Retinal Imaging System

A picture is worth a thousand words.

That phrase means a lot at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital, and its why we need your financial support for a retinal imaging system (retinal camera) to help babies and children keep their sight.

Every premature or critically-ill baby in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) born at or under 32 weeks gestation or weighing less than 1,500 grams, as well as babies with complex medical conditions, are screened for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and other potential ophthalmological concerns.

Young girl wearing glassesApproximately 60% (400-500) of all NICU patients undergo screening each year. Screening currently takes place with the naked eye using drawings of the retina created by a pediatric ophthalmologist to explain various diagnoses to families.

A retinal camera can:
  • Monitor very premature babies for conditions that can lead to blindness.
  • Provide parent education to help explain various diagnoses with a photograph of the retina instead of words and drawings.
  • Screen babies and children for conditions like “shaken baby” trauma or eye cancer.
  • Detect disease progression and observe the results of treatment.
Our goal is to raise $80,000 to bring this equipment to central Illinois. Please consider supporting this important project.