Around 50 babies and young children under six every year in the UK are diagnosed with a cancer of the eye called retinoblastoma. Many of these children end up losing an eye to save their life
WE NEED YOUR HELP
It is essential to ensure all practice staff, especially optical assistants, receptionists and dispensing opticians, are aware of the most common signs of retinoblastoma. You might be the first or only point of contact for a worried parent and it is vital you give them the correct advice. The most common signs are: a white glow in the eye; a white reflection in a photo where a flash has been used; or a new squint). A child who has displayed any of these symptoms needs urgent assessment by a GP or an optometrist.
If a parent phones to make an appointment for a baby or young child, ask WHY. If they mention noticing a white ‘glow’ in the pupil of an eye, or a pale pupil reflex in a photo, or a new squint:
If a parent continues to have concerns about their child’s eye, the child should be taken back to the GP / optometrist.