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Look out for this deadly form of eye cancer affecting children!

by , 13 March 2013

As it's Glaucoma Week, eye health is strongly in focus at the moment. But the news isn't all good: Cancer researchers have just discovered new type of retinoblastoma in babies. While this form of cancer be prevented just yet as it's inherited, it can be remedied if diagnosed early. Here's what to look for and other ways to protect your vision and keep your family's eyes healthy.

A team of Canadian and international cancer researchers has discovered a new type of retinoblastoma.
Retinoblastoma is a rapidly developing eye cancer that affects very young babies, says ScienceDaily.
This is seen as a breakthrough in recognising that a single cancer gene can drive the aggressive retinoblastoma that starts long before birth in families with no history of the disease.
Luckily, there an instant give-away that you child may have retinoblastoma.
Worried about retinoblastoma in your children? Here’s what to look for…
"The earliest diagnosis comes when parents observe a white instead of black pupil of the eye," says The Indian Express.
So if you notice this, visit a doctor immediately, as the cancer can be treated through surgery if detected early.
And there are simple ways to take care of your family’s eye health.
Three easy ways to improve your family’s eye health
Make sure you wear sunglasses when you’re outdoors, your reading glasses are on hand when you’re typing on your laptop and take short, regular breaks from your desk to avoid work-induced eyestrain, adds FSP Health.
Change what you put in your body to protect your vision
The simplest step is to avoid eating lots of fried, greasy foods. 
This may sound like a weight-loss tip more than a way to ensure your eye health, but greasy foods have been found to add to cloudiness of your vision and agitate the condition if you have cataracts, says FSP Health.
Lastly, make sure you visit an optometrist if your vision goes blurry or if you start seeing rainbow-coloured haloes around light, says the TopNews Arab Emirates website, as this could be a sign of early-onset glaucoma, which leads to blindness.
If you know what to look for, you’ll be more likely to catch health problems that affect your vision sooner – which will mean there’s a greater chance of protecting your family’s eye health!

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