Retinoblastoma starts in the eye, and that is where its symptoms can first be seen. Retinoblastoma symptoms 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 are not 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.
Some cases of retinoblastoma can be passed down from one generation to the next. Genetic counseling may be right for you. Learn more about the risk to you and your family on our genetic testing page.
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