Sena's Eyes ~ Retinoblastoma Awareness

What is Retinoblastoma?

Retinoblastoma is a cancer of the eye. One baby is diagnosed with Retinoblastoma every day in the United States.  The tumors form in the retina, the part of the eye responsible for detecting light and color. Retinoblastoma is caused by an abnormal gene, which can be hereditary. It is usually noticeable at birth to two-months-old with a dilated eye exam by an ophthalmologist. However, this vital procedure is rarely performed in most doctors’ offices. Please consider asking your child's doctor to perform a dilated eye exam. You could be saving your child's life!

 

 

What to look for:

  • Poor eye alignment
  • A white "cat's eye" look in photographs or in dark rooms (called "leukocoria" meaning white pupil)
  • "Lazy eye"
  • Vision difficulties
  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Watery eyes