What is Retinoblastoma?

Retinoblastoma is a childhood cancer arising from immature retinal cells in one or both eyes. It can strike from the time the child is in the womb up to 5 years of age.

This cancer is curable if caught early enough.

Retinoblastoma is a relatively uncommon tumour of childhood that accounts for 3% of the cancers in children under the age of 15. The tumour originates in the retina, the light sensitive area of the eye, which enables the eye to see. It can involve one or both eyes, in 90% of cases there is no family history.

What do I look for?

Common signs of retinoblastoma include:

  • A white ‘glow’ in the pupil of one or both eyes in dim light.
  • White pupil reflex in a colour photo
  • Crossed or misaligned eyes

Although it is very rare, retinoblastoma is a very serious eye condition and can usually be totally cured if diagnosed early enough. If you have any worries about your child, ask our optometrists.