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!