Retinoblastoma is curable when diagnosed early and treated appropriately, this post is dedicated to inspiration and awareness, often affected families who underwent though this road get a call to action to help other families and make their path easier by sharing or creating tools and information to friends, teachers, medical students, who can help with the early detection. It is very simple to catch Retinoblastoma in an early stage.
Flash photography is one of the easiest ways to detect a life-threatening eye cancer called Retinoblastoma. The tumor can develop in young children from birth and often reflects back as a white pupil. Early detection is the key to saving their sight and their lives. If caught early, less invasive treatment can be used, can help saving the sight of the child. Unfortunately, awareness of this disease is low, and it often goes undiagnosed for long periods of time.
The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust developed this campaign in order to show parents that they can detect eye cancer in their child simply by taking a photo.
You can also download our See Red poster, which explains how a professional should check children’s eyes for retinoblastoma using a red reflex test.
The CRADLE app or White Eye Detector is an application that helps parents detect the appearance of a white eye in pictures of their children available for Apple® and Android® devices. It was developed by the Chemist Bryan Shaw from Baylor University after his son Noah, who lost his eye due to Retinoblastoma. To read more about his story and watch an incredible TED talk go to this link: http://knowtheglow.org/father-develops-software-app-to-test-for-cancer/
Simple awareness and follow-through can save a child’s vision or even its life.
The medical term for this white eye reflex or reflection is leukocoria, leukos means white and kore means pupil. Seeing a white glow in your child’s eye can be extremely worrying, but please remember that retinoblastoma is very rare and there are several other causes of white eye. But to rule out anything serious, we always encourage you to visit your pediatrician or family doctor.
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