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White eyes...: Many parents and their pediatricians first see signs of retinoblastoma after noticing that their child's and/or pt's pupil (the dark circular area in the middle of the iris, the colored part of the eye) appears whitish in bright light. Some parents notice this effect in photographs. This happens because the pupil is translucent; so, retinal tumors that lie behind it may be noticeable. ...Read more
Inherited tumor: This is a tumor of the photoreceptive cells present at birth or soon afterwards. It is malignant, serious and needs immediate attention. While many are in families, some can be a new mutation or a non-in herited, non-germ line mutation. All need serious treatment along with genetic counseling. ...Read more
Did I wait too long for baby's eye exam? She's scheduled for an InfantSEE exam in month and a half. I'm scared of retinoblastoma. I haven't flashed.
If an infant needs to have surgery for non-germinal retinoblastoma, will they be blind in the affected eye?
More info needed: What type of surgery is being done and how large is the mass? ...Read more
Red eye vs retinobla: Red eye reflex found in pictures is the flash reflecting off the retina. Red eye as in the white part around ur eye is most likely an infection. Now most pts with retinoblastoma will tell u when they look back at their photos they did not have the red eye reflex in the eye with the retinoblastoma because the tumor was blocking the reflex. Sometimes it's the first noticeable symptom. ...Read more
Child eye cancer: Retinoblastoma is a malignant tumor of the retina which is seen in children. It currently has one of the highest cure rates of all childhood cancers 95-98%. It used to be treated by removal of the affected eye or radiation, but now more advanced eye sparing techniques are successful. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers