Retinoblastoma starts in the eye, and that’s where its symptoms can first be seen. Symptoms of retinoblastoma include:
- An opaque white area in the pupil (known as leukocoria), caused by the tumor reflecting light. This can often be seen in pictures taken with flash photography. Children with this condition should be seen by an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. Even in cases that aren’t connected to retinoblastoma, the condition can threaten the patient’s vision.
- Problems with eye movement, such as crossed eyes (strabismus)
- Decreased vision in one eye
- Eye pain
- A larger-than-normal eyeball
- Lazy eye
- Redness of the eye
Retinoblastoma is rare. If your child has these symptoms, they probably are caused by a less serious condition. However, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor to rule out other health problems.