Persistent fetal vascularization, known scientifically as hyperplastic persistence of the primitive vitreous, is a rare malformation in the baby's eyes, which causes the appearance of a white membrane within the child's eye.
Generally, persistent fetal vascularization is more common in preterm infants and is not related to genetic factors, but rather is a parent to child.
Persistent fetal vascularization can be treated through surgery, but depending on the severity of the case, your baby may develop some complications, such as difficulty seeing, strabismus or glaucoma, for example.
Eye with normal aspect
Eye with white spot suspected of fetal vascularization
Fetal vascularization can be identified through the presence of a white spot behind the lens, as the images show, but it can also be suspected by the pediatrician within the first few hours after birth with the test of the little eye.
Treatment for fetal vascularization should be done by surgery to remove the white membrane from the eyes and correct any complications.
In addition, children with persistent fetal vascularization should be accompanied by an ophthalmologist who will indicate the best treatment and give other tips such as:
Usually the pediatrician or neonatologist attempts to identify suspected cases of fetal vascularization as early as possible to help the child interact better with the world around him.