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What do I do if I have a white dot picture?

1. Check all of your photos to see if any others are questionable.


2. Check for strabismus ...irregular eye movement.

- Does the eye roll in or out?

-Does the eyelid appear to be drooping (lazy eye)?

-Is there any odd movement?

-20% of the children who have an eye disease will have strabismus.


3. Check the eyes for abnormal symptoms.

- Is the eye red, itchy, irritated and/or sensitive to light?

-10% of the children who have tumors, cataracts, Coats disease, etc... will have these symptoms.


If both eyes reflect red, does this mean I have healthy eyes?

NO! It means you did not photograph an eye disease, not that you do not have one.

Remember, photographs are just a clue, they are not an exam. The way to detect is with an ophthalmoscope in a darkened room. An infant needs eye dilation exams.

Do not assume...ASK!


Self Tests to Perform While You're Waiting For Your Eye Appointment

1. Try to determine if there is any difference in the way your child sees.

- Place your hand gently over one eye to block the vision and then switch to the other eye to see if there is a difference in your child's reaction.


2. Go into a darkened room and wait for the child's eyes to dilate, then flash a light directly into each eye and compare the red-reflex.

Regardless of the response to the above, go to the eye doctor to rule out retinoblastoma and to be sure that their eyes are healthy.

Pictures are just a clue. The way to detect is with an ophthalmoscope in a darkened room. However, if a child has an eye disease, there is a 60% chance it will be photographed because of the amount of pictures taken of our children.

This a picture of leukocoria, which is the white reflection of an eye disease. This is how we take pictures of tumors, cataracts, glaucoma, etc. The leukocoria blocks the red reflection of the retina.