Know the Glow: Leukocoria – “White Pupil”
The most common and easily recognized early sign of childhood eye cancer, retinoblastoma, is a white glow in the affected eye, like a cat’s eye caught in headlights at night.
“Leukocoria” is the medical term for this white eye reflex. The glow is usually only seen in dim light, or in photographs where a flash has been used without red-eye reduction.
This section answers the most frequently asked questions about leukocoria, and offers advice and information for concerned parents or friends.
- Fundal Reflex – What causes “red eye”?
- What causes “white eye”?
- Photo Challenge – can you tell which child has retinoblastoma?
- What should I know about white pupil and retinoblastoma?
- What should I know about white pupil AFTER retinoblastoma diagnosis?
- What should I know about white pupil in adults?
- How do I take photos to check for white pupil?
- I’ve seen a white pupil – what to do now?
- What should I expect at the eye exam?
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