Signs and symptomsof retinoblastoma

Signs and symptoms of retinoblastoma include:

  • an unusual white reflectionin thepupil this may be apparentin photos where only the healthy eye appears red from the flash, or you may notice itin a dark or artificially lit room
  • asquint
  • a change in the colour of the iris in one eye or sometimes only in one area of the eye
  • a red or inflamed eye thoughyour child won't usually complain of any pain
  • poor vision your child may not focus on faces or objects, or they may not be able to control their eye movements (this is more common when both eyes are affected);they maysay that they can't see as well as they used to

These symptoms may be caused by something other than retinoblastoma. However, you should get them checked by your GP as soon as possible.

It's unusual for retinoblastoma to progress unnoticed beyond the age of five.Signs in older children includethe eye appearing red, sore or swollen, and someloss of vision in the affected eye.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018