OK, so I took some pictures of my LO with a flash the other day and in some of the pictures she has two red eyes, and in two of the pictures she has one red eye and one white eye.
I have read before about it being linked to certain eye cancers and so I freaked out a bit. I did some googling () and reassured myself that lots of babies have had a white eye and been fine, it's just the angle of the camera.
Anyway, I was reading the news online earlier and I see a story about a little girl whose life was saved after her mum put her picture on facebook and a nurse identified a problem with her white eye.
So I panicked and made a Drs appointment, and have just got back now.
The Dr was good but hadn't heard of it, so we looked up the story online on his computer and he just said 'hmmm eye cancer..... that's worrying....' I was like But basically he said that it was likely to be the angle of the photo and that he would have a read about it and get back to me if he needs to. He also said that if I take more pictures and it shows up then to bring her back in.
He also took some photos with his phone (which he deleted) but she didn't have red eye at all.
So, what do I do?
I should just take her back and get another opinion shouldn't I?
i saw that same story too. i would try not to worry to much about it, it is pretty rare. ask if you can be referred to an eye dr though. did your dr check her eyes at all? if there is any thing there i would think he would see it by checking her eyes.
If not you could always just push your doctor for a referral to a specialist. Just go back again and tell him you are still concerned and feel you would like your child's eyes to be properly checked before you feel satisfied that everything is ok.
Edited to add:
Reading through the site I just linked it has detailed instructions on how to take photos of your child to check their eyes it is in the section called "Challenge - which of these children has retinoblastoma" at the bottom of the page"
I teach a child with retinoblastoma and his mum spotted a problem with his eye in photos which is what led to the diagnosis. Unless her eye is like that in most photos I'd try not to worry though as it is most likely to be the angle of the camera .
My friends little boy had retinoblastoma, she noticed there was something wrong with his eye after she took some pictures. His white eye showed up in every picture though, not just the odd one. Have you taken anymore pics of your LO since the first one you took?
I've read those stories too...I take LOT'S of pics of Isaac and every now and then, when using the flash, I too see that one eye has this..I tend to notice it when I am fixing red eye, so think that it must be to do with the flash, reflector and most def. the angle of the lens.
I've NEVER seen it when the flash has been off.
Having seen pics, they often appear to be white circles.
I think that you've done the right thing in getting it checked if it's bothering you. I'm sure its perfectly normal and nothing to worry about but it never hurts to go with your instincts.
Thank you all so much for your replies and advice, it's very helpful!
Lilicat, thank you for the website, me and my hubby were looking at it last night and ended up going through every photo of Lily we could!
Basically there are two pictures in which she has one white eye (her right one), and lots where both a white. We took some pics of our eyes too and they are mostly both white. This makes me think it is the flash/angle causing it. But, we cant seem to find a picture where both her eyes are red which is worrying me, so I've got another GP appointment for 10.45 today and will ask them to refer me to a children's eye dr.
Will go and have a search for other 'white eye' threads now, thanks for the suggestion!
I'm not panicking, it is very rare and likely to be the flash, but I am nervous and want it looked at further.
Thanks again for your help, will keep you updated.
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