White Eye From Camera Highlights Child Suffering Retinoblastoma

White Eye From Camera Highlights Child Suffering Retinoblastoma


We all take for granted the photographs we take on a daily basis. We also take for granted 'red eye' which can appear in peoples eyes when a flash is used. But what would your reaction be if you saw a white glow in somebodies eye?

A white glow appearing on somebodies eye in a photo could mean the early stages of cancer, or Retinoblastoma. It is in fact, the most common malignant cancer of the eye in children and sadly, it is mostly found in the younger generation. Thankfully, almost all cases survive this cancer but sadly, some may lose their sight or in the worse case scenario, will need the eyeball completely removed.

Early signs and symptoms can include vision deterioration, red or eye irritation. Some children can develop a squint which is referred to as 'wall eyed' or 'crossed eyed'. A simple eye examination could spot positions of tumours but this is very much dependent on the position of the tumours. A positive diagnosis can only be confirmed with an an examination under general anesthetic.

Treatment for larger tumours can involve chemotherapy, usually six cycles of anti-cancer drugs. A radioactive plaque in the form of a small disc can also be stitched over the cancerous cells.  This will be left in place for a few days to destroy the tumour before it is then removed. If the tumour is too big and sight has been affected, the eye will be removed and replaced with an artificial eye (National Artificial Eye Service)

Follow up treatment does require a long period of specialist checks followed by check ups at a local eye department.