Dr. Mihai Craiu, pediatrician: “Look carefully at children's pictures! If you do this in their eyes, go to the doctor urgently! ”
Pediatrician Mihai Craiu has drawn attention to an ophthalmological problem in children, which parents rarely observe. Here's what the Virtual Hospital for Children posted on the Facebook page:
Have you looked at the pictures of your children very carefully?
Very rarely the parents of a small child, with serious ophthalmological problems, notice, before the doctor, the existence of leukocoria. That is, the whitish aspect of the pupil, when taking pictures with flash.
We are usually upset when our children appear with red pupils in family photos. Red is fine, dear ones. White is VERY Evil!
There is a smartphone application that diagnoses serious eye disorders (such as retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer) by simply analyzing family photos.
Look at the pictures in the article. Then the family pictures. If the pupil appears white and not red, in the flash picture, go to your doctor for reassessment with that child!
Retinoblastoma is the most common malignant primary intraocular tumor in childhood and predominantly affects infants and young children. Retinoblastoma is responsible for 5% of cases of blindness in children and 1% of cases of mortality in children, when it extends beyond the eyeball.
May affect one eye or both. The average age of diagnosis is 18 months. Children can be born with retinoblastoma, but the disease is rarely diagnosed at birth. It may also occur in adults, but less often.
SYMPTOMS. Dr. Mihai Craiu, pediatrician: “Look carefully at children's pictures!
Children with retinoblastoma may have different symptoms or may not experience any symptoms at all (especially when the retinoblastoma is incipient). Common symptoms include:
- leucocory – a reflection of white light that appears at certain angles when a light shines in the pupil.
- strabismus – a misalignment of the eyes, where one or both eyes do not seem to look in the same direction. While strabismus is not always a symptom of retinoblastoma, it should be considered as a possible symptom for other problems as well.
- impaired vision;
- children with retinoblastoma may experience pain, redness or swelling of one or both eyes;
- white pupil, changing the size or color of the iris.
Because this condition affects the retina, the child's vision is in danger. Partial or total blindness in one or both eyes is a possible complication.