The PhotoRED Technique was developed by a doctor experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of children with retinoblastoma. Research using the technique is ongoing to establish the camera’s value as a diagnostic tool.
Turn the lights down so that your camera uses the auto-flash.
Ensure any light sources – such as table lamps – are behind your child so they don’t reflect in the eyes.
Check that your camera’s red-eye reduction settings are turned OFF (refer to the instruction manual if you are not sure how to do this). The red eye reduction flash symbol is usually a diagonal line through an eye or a flash next to an eye. Make sure this is NOT showing as the flash setting.
Position yourself about four metres from your child and use the zoom to capture the child’s entire head.
Take a series of photographs from different angles – see the examples below. Ask another person to help you by playing with your child while you take the photographs so her eyes don’t follow the camera.
Check each photograph carefully for abnormalities such as a white reflex, no red reflex, or reflexes that do not look the same in both eyes..
Regular Eye Exams
Ensure your child’s eyes are examined with an ophthalmoscope in a darkened room at every well child visit. This simply involves shining a small light into the eyes.